The Liberian Peoples’ Party Holds Congress




The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
June 29, 2005

As the Liberian political season heats ups, all political parties are preparing for the most important activities of their existence. Considered as one of Liberia’s grassroots and progressive parties, the Liberian Peoples’ Party (LPP) will be holding its National Convention called ‘Congress’ in the City of Gbarnga, Bong County. The two-day event will be held from June 29-30, 2005.

The Liberian Peoples' Party, which was formed in 1984, is an outgrowth of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA). MOJA is one of Liberia's social movements of the 1970s, which called for change and improvement in the life of the Liberian people. MOJA, as a pan-African organization contributed to the struggle of the people of Cape Verde and Southern Africa, whether it was Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. MOJA's assistance was in human, financial and material contributions. When it was necessary to transform from a mass movement to a political party, MOJA gave birth to LPP.

In 1984, the Liberian Military banned the Liberian Peoples’ Party, along with the United Peoples’ Party (UPP), from participating in the Presidential and National Elections. These were the two parties that grew out of the social movements for change in Liberia in the 1970s. Both parties contested the elections of 1997, but did not do well according to the results - which the Liberian people accepted for the sake of peace.

During the Congress, LPP will elect its corps of new leaders to lead the party for the next four years. The Congress will also draw and approve the Party’s platform for the ensuing National Elections for the Presidency, the National Legislature, and potential policies should it be chosen by the Liberian people to lead the nation. The Congress will also elect LPP’s Standard Bearer and candidates for the various legislature seats. One of the major undertakings of the Congress as we were informed, will be the approval of the electoral coalition between the Liberian Peoples’ Party and United Peoples’ Party.