Liberia’s 23rd President-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has called
on members of the incoming parliament to join her in reforming the country
for the betterment of its citizens.
Madam Sirleaf said her government has the mandate to reconcile and reunite
Liberians who have been plagued by prolonged civil war over the years.
She told the 23rd lawmakers that government is not a place where people
go to accrue wealth at the disadvantage of the governed.
Madam Sirleaf, speaking Monday at the official certification of elected
officials of the 2005 presidential and legislative elections at the Centennial
Pavilion, vowed to work assiduously to give equal opportunity and social
equity to all Liberians irrespective of status.
She termed the task as being herculean, given the long years of bad governance
being practiced by past leaderships, but maintained that “together
the process of changing the nation for the better can be overcome.”
The President-elect also assured the youth of the need for education, training
and skill to make them useful in taking over the affairs of the state in
According to her, balanced development for every part of Liberia with specific
reference to “Southeast” will be prioritized.
She vowed to also fight against what she called “imperial presidency”
which has been the legacy of past administrations against the wishes and
aspirations of the Liberian people for too long.
Madam Sirleaf thanked the international community for standing by Liberia
in a bid to restore genuine democracy to the country being torn apart by
All elected representatives except for one from Rivercess County; senators
including the President and Vice President were certificated by the National
Elections Commission (NEC).
Local and international organizations that morally or financially supported
the 2005 elections were also certificated.
Transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant at the ceremony said he endorsed the
mandate of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to certificate the President
and Vice President-elect including members of the parliament in order to
move the Liberian peace process forward.
Chairman Bryant used the opportunity to call on CDC George Weah to accept
the result of the November 8 run-off election and join the elected government
in the interest of unity, reconciliation and reconstruction of the war ravaged