Jane’s Country Risk Report Predicts Violent Protests In Liberia Come 2017, As UN Draws Down Peacekeepers

FLASHBACK: Liberian Soldiers repelled the surging crowd in West Point during 2014 Ebola crisis in the Township of West Point, the suburb of Monrovia
FLASHBACK: Liberian Soldiers repelled the surging crowd in West Point during 2014 Ebola crisis in the Township of West Point, the suburb of Monrovia

Latest report on HIS Jane’s Country Risk Daily Report disclosed that the recent United Nations Security Council decision voting unanimously to end Liberia’s 13-year sanctions regime against it by lifting an arms embargo has being welcomed by Liberians and other friendly nations who have interest in that West African state.

The meeting on 25 May said there had been significant progress in maintaining stability but urged the government to combat the trade in illegal arms and ammunition. Sanctions were originally imposed following the end of Liberia’s second civil war in 2003, but travel bans and asset freezes on individuals, including former president Charles Taylor, were gradually lifted until only the arms embargo remained.

The move comes ahead of a major draw-down of the UN Mission in Liberia, which is preparing to reduce its 3,745 uniformed personnel on 30 June to 1,200 soldiers and 600 police deployed until after the October 2017 presidential elections is head.

But this move by the United Nations to reduce its presence in Liberia ahead of elections come 2017 seems to worry many Liberians who believed that its reduction may give those Liberians many of whom are trouble makers to cause havocs on their fellow kinsmen during the pending elections where over 40 political parties are expected to contest.

The HIS Jane’s Country Risk Report has predicted that during these elections in 2017 violent protests are expected to take place.

Some Liberians who spoke to our reporter on this latest disclosure by the Jane’s Country Risk Report also concurred saying the Liberian Government should seriously consider this report and make sure that all necessary steps are taken before the holding of the 2017 general and presidential elections.

Presently Liberia’s political playing field has already swelled to its highest peak, and the level of political parties are expected to increase to over forty, according to the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Opposition Politicians have been described by the Country’s voters as greedy people; due to their refusal to come together through merger in forming a strong political force to kick out the ruling Unity Party of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Other Liberians who also spoke to the GNN said they have no confidence in the Country security force due to its past bad human rights records, and called on the Security Council of the United Nations to reconsider its decision to completely pull out of Liberia in the face of the 2017 elections.

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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.