As Liberia’s 2017 general and presidential elections draw closer, lots of usual things are happening each day in the Liberian political playing field with political parties strategizing as how they can flush out the ruling Unity Party of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
One of the latest strategies by the leading opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Manneh Weah is creating a merger between it and another political party, the Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskines .
A statement issued yesterday, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by the Executive Committee of the CDC said negotiations are be held between it and the Executive Committee of Liberty Party for what the CDC’s statement said will be a ‘possible merger’.
Some Liberian political analysts who spoke to our reporter late Tuesday evening said they see this latest move on the part of the CDC/LP as a positive sign to flush out the ruling Unity Party from state power in 2017.
According to the Youth league, the naming of a committee on the side of the CDC, headed by Party Stalwart, Samuel D. Tweah, the Political Leader has yet again demonstrated that the CDC is preparing for National Leadership and is ready to build the coalition needed to deliver the much needed change. “While the naming of a committee is not an end in itself, it is a necessary beginning to consummating an even more powerful governing arrangement that is prepared to take State power in 2017 and increase the economic and democratic lot of a suffering people in quest for strong and people centered leadership”, the CDC youth League disclosed.
The Youth League in the statement signed by Che I. Barsee Kar-Barley, National Secretary General-RNYL/CDC and approved by Jefferson T. Koijee; National Chairman-RNYL/CDC is urging its partisans to respect the democratic rights of other smaller political parties to engage in party building activities. Specifically mentioning the Urey’s newly found All Liberia Party (ALP), the CDC Youth league declared that it wishes the ALP and other newly established political parties all the best in their formation process and noted that the CDC is open to incorporate them in the governing arrangement.
A possible collaboration between the CDC and Liberty party will undoubtedly be a formidable force in 2017 but the ego of who will serve as presidential candidate over the other is one major contention that continues to hunt such collaboration. Even though 2017 is two years away but the opposition needs to get together as failure could lead to a repeat of 2011 and will eventually give Vice President Boakai and the Unity Party a huge advantage for a third term bid.