Liberia “A Priority Country” on Western Foreign Policy Agenda

By Paul Stevens |

Photo: People wait to vote during the presidential election at a polling station in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 10, 2017.

WASHINGTON, DC—-Liberia’s future is unknown to ordinary Liberian voters, especially as the country goes through its current political transition with the holding of Presidential and Legislative elections.

In the 10 October 2017 poll, no candidate reached the 50 percent plus margin needed to seal the deal, so two well-known and well-regarded candidates, Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai and ex-world soccer star, Senator George Manneh Weah, are going for a runoff within weeks.

Their fate will be decided by the Liberian people, many of whom are ordinary and poor citizens. The bottom line is, very poor and perhaps struggling young Liberians who are unemployed are eager to obtain employment and those with critical and related medical problems want to see improved or new and advanced medical facilities built.

But as Liberians decide their preference, many of them are not taking into consideration the parameters of international concerns, especially since the country relies heavily on international relief aid and development assistance. From Germany to Brussels, London to Washington, DC, there are serious concerns and worries about Liberia, a poor, corrupt and badly governed West African nation.

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Source: Globe Afrique Media

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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.