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Liberia’s political parties to hold same-day rallies amid violence concerns

Liberia election
Liberia election
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Today, the Alternative National Congress and the ruling United Party will stage rallies in Monrovia, stoking fears of violence ahead of the October 10 general election. The ANC accused the UP of denying it’s right to free association, while the latter is calling their event a pre-victory rally.

With incumbent Ellen Sirleaf constitutionally limited to two terms, this will be Liberia’s first post-war power transition between democratically elected governments. Following the Ebola crisis, the next government must tackle widespread poverty, stabilise the economy, and eliminate corruption.

Facing over 1,000 parliamentary candidates representing 26 parties, 49% of voters remain undecided. Of 20 presidential candidates, Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ANC, footballer-turned-senator George Weah and former acting president Charles Brumskine are the main contenders.

While the run-up has been relatively peaceful, 61% of Liberians believe election disputes could reignite conflict. Considering previous presidents ascended via counterinsurgencies, coups and a president’s death, there is no room for complacency.

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