LIBERIA: CPP Signs Legal Framework Document, As Cummings Takes Over From Urey

ANC Political Leader, Alexander B. Cummings

Four opposition political parties under the nomenclature the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) including the ALL Liberian Party (ALP), Alternative National Congress (ANC), Liberty Party (LP) and the Unity Party (UP) yesterday, May 19, 2020 signed a legal framework document with a call on leaders of each political parties to put their differences aside and work in the interest of the Liberian people.

This occasion also witnessed Mr. Alexander Cummings, the political leader of the Alternative National; Congress (ANC) taking over from Mr. Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP) as the new Chairman of the group; the occasion which was colorful saw all of the officials of the four political parties celebrating.

But in his opening remarks at the signing of the ‘Final Collaborative Framework Document’ at the Farmington Hotel on Tuesday, May 19, the outgoing Chairman of the CPP, Benoni Urey, said despite their disagreement on some political issues, the CPP will always put the collective interest of the Liberian first.

He admitted that the major problem of the CPP is the political ambition if its leaders, but for the sake of the country, they should put the will of the Liberian people first.

“Fundamentally, I don’t believe there are any differences between the ANC [Alternative National Congress], Liberty Party, the Unity and the ALP [All Liberian Party]. Our only problem is our political ambitions. We must lay our political ambitions aside and think about the suffering of our people. We must listen to the will of the Liberian people,” Urey urged.

“I want to remind all of us that we have an obligation to the Liberian people. We must ensure that the will of the Liberian people prevail and that will supersedes our personal ambition.”

Speaking further, Urey described the frame work as a living document that will be used by the CPP to ensure the dreams and aspirations of Liberians are realized.

“This document is a living document. Nothing in here is carved in stone. This document, I believe will move from imperfection to perfection. Once we have agreement among the four of us, we will certainly make the changes or make the corrections to ensure that the aspirations of the four political parties are taken into consideration in this document.”

He paid homage to the founders of the CPP including the late Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, whose death he described as the greatest blow to the collaboration.

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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.