Liberia: Weah Under Pressure to Resign
Opposition leader George Weah and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Vision 2030 conference
Pressure has begun mounting on the leader of the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC George Weah to either relinquish his role as standard bearer of his party or resign his newly appointed position as Peace Ambassador.
George Weah was appointed in December, 2012, by President Sirleaf to head the country's reconciliation process, months after fellow Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee pulled out of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission citing nepotism in her government.
Mr. Weah's appointment has attracted series of controversies with calls from some members of his CDC that he turns down the appointment.
But Weah has since ignored the calls, announcing his acceptance of the post publicly at the recent held vision 2030 conference in the Central Liberian city of Gbarnga, Bong County.
However, calls for his resignation as peace ambassador resonated recently when his party officially announced his participation in the pending 2014 special election for the Senate.
But that has not deterred his critics, who have continued to cite various reasons why the CDC leader must step down. One of such critics is former Assistant Minister for Afro-Asian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, George Gyude Wisner.
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