UNMIL withdraws troops from Grand Gedeh

UNMIL withdraws troops from Grand Gedeh

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The United Nations Mission in Liberia has resumed drawdown of its peacekeeping forces in Liberia, pulling back 80 peacekeeping soldiers…

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Police, AFL officers held for murder

Police, AFL officers held for murder

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia, Cllr. Benedict Sarnnoh, has blamed an officer of…

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Transfer ex-rebel generals

Transfer ex-rebel generals

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River Gee County Superintendent, Phillip Jah, has expressed fears that the detention center in Fish Town is unsafe to keep…

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Minister Dukuly tours Millennium Village Projects

Minister Dukuly tours Millennium Village Projects

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The Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, at the head of a team of officials from the Ministry has ended…

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Too soon to celebrate

Too soon to celebrate

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Heads of States meeting at the 47th Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS are…

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Auditor General reacts to critics

Auditor General reacts to critics

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Liberia’s General Auditing Commission (GAC) says it has observed that some individuals named in its Audit report on the National…

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SDA breaks grounds for 16 classrooms block in Nimba

SDA breaks grounds for 16 classrooms block in Nimba

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The Seven-Day Adventist or SDA Church Mission in Liberia has broken ground for the construction of a 16 Class-room block,…

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LEC, ELTEL Network sign contract

LEC, ELTEL Network sign contract

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The Liberia Electricity Corporation or LEC, on May 6, 2015, signed an agreement with ELTEL Network - a Sweden-based provider…

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I’m against a ‘Christian State’

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House faces audit

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What happens at Mills Jones’ house?

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Lawmakers hijack development funds?

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Ellen makes new appointments to APRM

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UNMIL worries over security

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CSA to recruit BWI Principal

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PYJ hosts CDC officials in Nimba

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Illegal small arms pose danger

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Dillon want decent work bill past

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The Case for Peace With Iran

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NEW YORK – The nuclear framework agreement between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia) plus Germany is...

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Smokeless China

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BEIJING – In a few weeks, Beijing will implement a city-wide ban on smoking in all indoor public spaces, such as restaurants and offices, as well as on tobacco advertising...

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Western Politics’ Locust Years

19-05-2015 Hits:68 Commentary Mohamed A. El-Erian - avatar Mohamed A. El-Erian

NEW YORK – Since my teenage years, I have been fascinated by the permutations and machinations of national politics. Today, I find myself focusing on broader political trends that also...

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Coca-Cola joins LFA sponsorship

12-05-2015

Coca-Cola joins LFA sponsorship

The President of the Liberia Football Association, Musa Billity says the Liberia Coco-Cola Bottling Company has partnered with the GSM Company, Cellcom to sponsor the national league.

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BYC qualify for semifinals

06-05-2015

BYC qualify for semifinals

The champions of the Liberia football Association national league and the FA super cup Barrack Young Controllers, (BYC) have qualified for the semi finals of the Coco-Cola top eight tournament.

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U-23 Lone Star plays return legs Saturda…

30-04-2015

U-23 Lone Star plays return legs Saturday

After their 2-0 defeat Sunday, 26 April to Ghana’s U-23 in Tamale, Northern Region, the U-23 Lone Star of Liberia are gearing up for the second leg this Saturday, 2nd...

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In less than a decade, the country has gone through significant recovery stages that have brought social, economic and political transformations, affecting every fabric of life and enabling the oldest African independent state to retake its place among the comity of nations. Once again, Liberia is playing active roles in every world body whether at sub-regional, regional, continental or global level. These gains have been made possible primarily because of the current peace prevailing here.

But this country stands at the crossroads at the moment. About a month or so from now, Liberians will go to the poll for general and presidential elections to elect new leadership for the country. The manner in which we conduct ourselves during these elections will crucially determine whether or not, the gains achieved since 2003 will be solidified for greater political, social and economic successes.

The August 23, 2011 National Referendum was the first step toward the conduct of democratic elections. However, elections in themselves do not guarantee peace and stability as we have observed here and in neighboring countries. Whether you belong to the ruling party or the opposition bloc, we all should realize that peace and stability are two cardinal instruments needed to continue to exist as a nation and move on with development not only for ourselves, but our children, grand children and great grand children.

This is why we reiterate call for a peaceful campaign process, leading to the elections and even the post-election environment. If recent news of arms discovery here and there is anything to take cue from, then we should take the utmost care towards these elections in order to preserve the nation state.

Lest we should forget, there are thousands of investment partners here whose primary interest is the continuous stability of the country with a favorable economic environment where investments will continue to boom. And importantly, any government that will emerge from the polls whether ruling party or opposition bloc will rely on taxes from investors to deliver on campaign promises and provide social services to the people. 

Since the 14-year civil conflict, Liberians have traveled abroad and returned with great investment ideas. Today, many citizens are competing with aliens on the local market – whether in used cars business, petroleum products, provision or grocery shops, more and more Liberians are venturing into entrepreneurship, which is good for our economy.

However, the basis for a strong and prosperous economic environment is security and political stability. The gateway to achieving these standards is through free, fair and credible elections that will leave no room for contention and subsequent violence.   

We call on political party standard bearers and their followers to go through the electoral process with a high degree of maturity, placing Liberia above personal interest, greed and sentiment. We need the current peace prevailing in the country to build upon and advance with development and prosperity. He that has ears let him hear!!

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