Former Liberian Ambassador to U.S. Leaves Unity Party For ANC

His disclosure of membership with the ANC means he has automatically withdrawn his membership from the ruling Unity Party. In his remarks at the headquarters of the ANC, the Liberian diplomat said his admiration for Cummings has led him to join the ANC ranks. Accepting Sulunteh into the fold of the ANC, Cummings said the coming of the former Unity Party top brass would ensure victory in October. Of late, the Unity Party has witnessed an exit of several key members, including businessman Musa Bility and Harrison Karnwea, both of whom have switched allegiance to opposition Liberty Party. But in reaction to their exit, the ruling Unity Party chairman, Wilmot Paye said the party is growing a new generation of leaders to be proud of.

March 17, 2017 01:41 UTC

Liberty Party Charles Brumskine Describes as ‘Nonsense’ VP Boakai Insinuations

Charles Brumskine took time off to blast Vice President Joseph Boakai on his recent comment about President Ellen Sirleaf’s alleged support to Liberty Party. VP Boakai’s AssertionVice President Boakai in recent FrontPageAfrica interview said that President Sirleaf was not supporting the Unity Party the way she should. This is a different election Mr. Vice President; this election is about the heart and soul of our country,” Brumskine said. He wondered if Vice President Boakai cannot influence one person he might not be able to influence four million people. As Vice President, you could not influence one person, President Sirleaf, how would you influence four million Liberians, if you were elected President?

March 17, 2017 01:30 UTC

SPORTS: Africa elects new football chief after three decades -

ADDIS ABABA: Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African Football Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office to usher in a “new dawn” for the sport on the continent. Ahmad, head of Madagascar’s football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed. Delegates cheered and pumped their fists in the plenary hall after the announcement of the result, which heralded the departure of the last of the old generation of leaders in world football. Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a discreet playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003. Read more of this storySource: AFP/Arab News Online(Visited 2 times, 2 visits today)Commentscomments

March 16, 2017 17:26 UTC

Sierra Leone pastor unearths one of the 20 largest diamonds ever found -

Cecilia JamasmieA Christian pastor has unearthed a 706-carat diamond in Sierra Leone’s Kono district, which is considered to be one of the world’s 20 largest rough gems ever found. According to the, the diamond, which could be worth up to $5 million, is now locked up in the West African country’s central bank in Freetown, Anadolu Agency reported. Pastor Emmanuel Momoh’s discovery is the biggest diamond to be found in Sierra Leone since 1972, when the 969-carat Star of Sierra Leone was dug up by miners. It is also one of the largest diamonds unearthed in recent years at mines in southern Africa, behind Lucara Diamond’s (TSX:LUC) 1,111-carat rock found in Botswana in 2015. Between 1991 and 2002, Kono was at the centre of the “blood diamond” trade that funded the country’s brutal civil war as rebel groups exchanged gems for weapons.

March 16, 2017 17:15 UTC

Voffee Jabateh and Liberian Vice President Boakai Hold Closed Door Talks -

The visiting US based Liberian delegation in the Country following series of acquaintance meetings with stakeholders, including the Nimba County Legislative Caucus, and making use of the voter registration exercise, today, March 16, 2017 paid a courtesy call on Liberian Vice President and Standard Bearer of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai at his Capitol Hill office. The delegation headed by Mr. Voffee Saye Jabateh and his 6-man team were greatly opportune to share greetings with the Liberian Vice President, while a moment later, a closed door discussion between the head of the delegation (Jabateh) and Vice President Boakai was later held in the office of the Vice President. (Visited 98 times, 26 visits today)Commentscomments

March 16, 2017 13:30 UTC

Former Liberian Ambassador To U.S. Joins Opposition ANC -

The Liberian Ambassador to the United States, Mexico and Canada Jeremiah C. Sulunteh has joined the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) of presidential candidate Mr. Alexander B. Cummings. In his statement issued by Ambassador Sulunteh said, “I am deeply inspired by Mr. Cummings, his leadership, and dedication to the Liberian people. We are greatly humbled and honored to have someone of his esteem and conviction joins the Alternative National Congress. Ambassador Sulunteh rose through the ranks of Liberian public service, from a humble beginning as Senior Commercial Aide at the Bong County Agriculture Development Project in Bong County, Liberia in 1981 to being appointed as the Liberian ambassador to the United States, Mexico and Canada. Ambassador Sulunteh has held several Cabinet positions including minister of transport and then minister of labor, transport and post and telecommunication.

March 16, 2017 12:56 UTC

Trump travel ban: US judges block new executive order -

Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have blocked US President Donald Trump’s new travel ban, which was due to begin after midnight on Thursday. The order would have placed a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations and a 120-day ban on refugees. Both judges questioned the legality of the ban, which critics say is discriminatory. President Trump insists the move is to stop terrorists from entering the United States. Read more of this reportSource: BBC News Online(Visited 8 times, 8 visits today)Commentscomments

March 16, 2017 12:45 UTC

Saudi Arabia, China Sign Deals Worth $65 Billion -

BEIJING — China and Saudi Arabia Thursday signed memorandums of understanding and letters of intent potentially worth about $65 billion during Saudi King Salman’s visit to Beijing, a senior Chinese diplomat said. Deputy Chinese Foreign Minister Zhang Ming said the agreements involved investment, energy, space and other areas, but did not give details. The octogenarian monarch, who has overseen the launch of an ambitious economic reform plan since his accession two years ago, is on a monthlong Asian tour. The visits to countries that are some of world’s fastest growing importers of Saudi oil aim to promote investment opportunities in the kingdom, including the sale of a stake in its giant state firm Saudi Aramco. Read more of this storySource: VOA News Online/Reuters(Visited 12 times, 12 visits today)Commentscomments

March 16, 2017 06:22 UTC

Politics Create Strange Bedfellows We Will Not Know Until Elections

"Why would Mr. Weah go in the bathroom to speak with Mr. Taylor", Mr. Varney Sackie, "the CDC-USA Representative" retorted on the very radio program. We named them all including Mr. Weah, former Speaker Alex Tyler, Tyler's LPDP Party Chairman and Mr. Kollie, the former Chairman of the House, Ways and Means Committe. Was there a qui-pro-quo deal that was reached between Mr. Weah and Mr. Taylor as alleged by Mr. White? Only Senator Weah will live with the consequences of his political marriage with Charles Taylor and the remnants of Taylor's criminal past. Equally so, does Senator Weah think his partnership with the NPFL-NPP will win over the Gio-Mano Nimba vote?

March 16, 2017 03:11 UTC

U.S. Human Rights Report: Corruption Rights Abuse Major Problem in Liberia

Monrovia – The U.S. Department of State 2016 country report on the state of human rights in Liberia continues to outline series of human right abuses in the country. “Police corruption was a problem,” the2016 Human Rights report stated. “The LNP investigated reports of Police misconduct or corruption, and authorities suspended or dismissed several LNP officers. For example, in October a woman was arrested during an LNP raid, and two LNP officers reportedly stripped and beat her severely. In a separate incident, the Police inspector general directed an investigation into the Grand Gedah LNP commander for abuses including beatings and other human rights violations by Police.

March 16, 2017 03:00 UTC

Diana Harris Petitioned to Contest Representative Seat in Lower Margibi County

Margibi County - As the presidential and legislative elections draw near, residents of the Duazon community, District #1 lower Margibi County on March 15 2017, petitioned Aspirant Diana C. Harris to contest the representative seat of the district. In a petition statement, Madam Ruth Saywah on behalf of the Duazon community said aspirant Harris is the most qualified aspirant in District#1, Lower Margibi, adding that she is hard working, honest, fair and thoughtful. Moreover as a preacher, teacher, principal, and as a business woman, Diana has done it all. Accepting the petition statement, Pastor Diana C. Harris lauded residents of lower Margibi County, District#1 for the confidence reposed in her to contest the District highest seat, something she described as a great honor and challenge in her political sojourn. “I say many thanks to you for extending such a compliment to me by asking me to represent you in the House in Representatives for our noble District #1 Margibi County, for the upcoming representatives’ election.

March 16, 2017 02:48 UTC

The Admission: George Weah Working Hand-in-Hand With CharlesTaylor?

White disclosed that Weah had been having discussions with Taylor on ensuring that there would never be a war crimes court established in Liberia. “George Weah at no point discussed with Taylor to abort the establishment of a war crimes court for Liberia. "Someone who is close to President Taylor was on the phone in our midst and informed me that Taylor had requested to speak with me and I agreed. "We do not want war crimes court to divide us. We can handle our own issues; we do not need a war crimes court.

March 16, 2017 02:48 UTC

EU Launches Project on Access to Justice in Bong, Lofa, Nimba Counties

Monrovia - The European Union and FINN CHURCH AID (FCA) in Liberia have launched a project to provide access to justice and gender sensitive and legal awareness at grassroots level in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties. It also aims at improving access to justice by strengthening local capacities to provide gender sensitive and legal support and protection of prisoners' rights in the three counties. However, they are also human rights violations that cannot be left unattended until the bigger problems are fixed. That’s why EU Human Rights Strategy in Liberia includes supporting initiatives aiming at improving prison conditions and reduce pre-trial detention", Alberto Menghini stressed. In doing their work, the implementers will collaborate with government ministries and agencies with focus on the Justice Ministry, traditional and religious leaders in addressing some of the many challenges faced by the Liberia justice system.

March 16, 2017 02:26 UTC

World Bank Launches Knowledge Fest in Liberia

Monrovia - The World Bank Liberia Country Office has ended its first Knowledge Fest in Liberia. In her opening statement at the program held at a local hotel in Monrovia, World Bank Liberia Country Manager, Larisa Leshchenko said the Knowledge Fest was an important knowledge sharing event aimed at showcasing the results of the Bank’s intervention. She disclosed that the activity was part of the World Bank first ever Africa Knowledge Fest which officially kicked off on February 22, 2017 in Washington D.C. and is subsequently taking place in World Bank Country Offices around the African continent. The Africa Knowledge Fest is an important knowledge sharing and learning event. Meanwhile, the Knowledge Fest was structured into four clusters incorporating project components including human development, economic activities, governance and infrastructure.

March 16, 2017 02:19 UTC

Somalia Drive Phase -II Project Gets Underway

Monrovia - The government of Liberia and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a U$S46 million grant agreement to begin the construction of phase two of the Somalia Drive road project. “Therefore after completing the phase two construction, Somalia Drive will have four completely new lanes along 13.2km from Freeport to Red-light Junction.”Makino said the project for reconstruction of Somalia Drive is the biggest Japanese grant-aid project in Liberia, conducted by the JICA. It is a very rare case amongst JICA project around the world.”Makino said the road project is intended to ease traffic congestion alongside the Somalia Drive and promote economic and social activities. JICA said the Somalia Drive project is approximately US$100 million, adding that the project is one of the biggest JICA infrastructure projects in West Africa. In June 2013, JICA and the government of Liberia signed a grant aid agreement for the reconstruction of Somalia Drive.

March 16, 2017 02:03 UTC

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