Liberia needs the rule of law, not political expediency

People wait to cast their votes during a presidential election in Monrovia, Liberia on October 10 [File: AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh]
(Al Jazeera News) – In strongly worded statements this month that bordered on hyperbole, current and past representatives of the US government urged Liberia to speed up electoral litigation proceedings for a peaceful transition of presidential power.

In response to the Liberian Supreme Court’s suspension of a runoff election that should have taken place on November 7 between football star-turned-politician George Weah and the current vice president, Joseph Boakai, the successive US proclamations were misguided at best.

First, the US embassy accredited in Liberia claimed on November 15 that “cumulative anomalies observed” during the October 10 presidential and legislative races were insufficient to warrant a rerun and that electoral disputes should be handled expeditiously.

Former US Ambassador to Liberia and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield continued on November 17 by rebuking Charles Walker Brumskine of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) for challenging the election results, which were alleged to be fraudulent.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.