Ahead of the mid-term election in 2014, the opposition Liberty Party (LP) has said it would reach out to all opposition political parties to consolidate and amalgamate forces. The LP recorded what political observers described as a “dismal election performance”, finishing fourth in the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections.
The LP acting Political leader, Mr. Franklin O. Siakor, hinted that the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), with whom the party has had sour relations over the last year, amongst others would be consulted as the party consolidates.
At the same time, the LP acting political leader has justified the party’s endorsement of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s candidacy during the 2011 elections, despite openly critiquing her government and policies.
The LP, under the political leadership of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, had said the government of President Johnson-Sirleaf was corrupt and that the President was too old to govern.
The party also accused the government of failing to live up to expectation, asserting that the government’s erstwhile Poverty Reduction Strategy(PRS) was a failure.
According to him, the international community was firmly behind President Johnson- Sirleaf and there was no point in agitating.
Despite all the issues of corruption and the failure of the government to take action on TRC report, the International community was firmly behind President Sirleaf, the former LP Vice Presidential candidate stated.
Speaking when he appeared on the Love FM Talk Show, Mr. Siakor said it would have been pointless opposing the candidacy of President Sirleaf when more than 40% of Liberians had voted her in the first round of the elections.
The former Bong County Senator among other things added that it was honorable to accept the election results in an effort to move the country forward.