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Coalition, Merger Initiative must continue to be pursued

Speculations within the Liberian political system suggest ongoing talks of a possible collaboration, coalition or merger among a number of political parties in the country ahead of the 2017 general and presidential elections.

The speculations are in the wake of recent denial by the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change or CDC that it was in merger talks with the Liberty Party, even though the latter is yet to neither deny nor confirm such.

According to Liberian media reports, the primary objectives of such political ideology is not only to feature a single presidential candidate, but to reduce the size of the political playing field, as well as pull together the necessary resources-human and financial, to concentrate the votes and avoid confusion among the voters come 2017.

In some quarters of the Liberian political system, fingers are being pointed at the Liberty Party as the front-runner of this political initiative just ahead of its National Convention scheduled for June 25-26, 2015 in the City of Voinjama, Lofa County in far northwestern Liberia, at which Cllr. Charles Brumskine will re-emerge as the political leader and flag bearer. Political parties reportedly being engaged by the party include the National Patriotic Party, Alternative National Congress, United People’s Party, a number of top political figures, as well as other coalitions and Alliances.

As the need arises to hail the leadership of the Liberty Party - if and only if such speculations/reports are anything to go by, we think- with the objectives laid down, the initiative must be accepted by all political parties, probably including the ruling Unity Party. The issue of skepticism over previous political efforts for mergers, coalitions and alliances must find its way beneath positivity because “if it did not in previous election years, it necessarily doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work this time”- such initiative must continue to be pursued until a common ground is found.

And the fact that the Liberty Party is reported to be leading this initiative, it is incumbent upon other well-meaning political parties to see reason(s) in concurring with such concept as initially justified.

We are in full agreement with the objectives of the efforts - not only to feature a single presidential candidate, but to reduce the size of the political playing field, as well as pull together the necessary resources-human and financial, to concentrate the votes and avoid confusion among the voters come 2017; this is what most Liberians would want to see- a responsible political system.

We are of the fervent belief that if the details, including the flag bearer and leadership of such political imitative are worked out with the highest degree of sincerity among leaders and representatives of political parties and top politicians – taking into account the true meaning of a merger, coalition or collaboration, there must be no reason(s) for “things to fall apart”.

We also urge other political parties in Liberia to either join the efforts or pursue similar ideology for a reduction of the number of parties from thirty to at least three or four to avoid the confusion which most often characterize voters’ decision-making in previous Liberian elections.

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