Anti-party activities: Liberia’s Unity Party expels Johnson-Sirleaf

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: From Grace to grass?

By Harrison Arubu

Liberia’s outgoing ruling Unity Party (UP) has expelled President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for alleged anti-party activities.

The party conveyed the decision in a statement issued by its Assistant Secretary General for Public Outreach, Mohammed Ali, on Sunday.

Ali said the president was expeled on Saturday evening following several violations of the party’s constitution and other “acts inimical to the existence and reputation of the party”.

Specifically, Johnson-Sirleaf whose 12-year tenure will end on Jan. 22, was accused of breaching rules that require her to support the party’s candidates in elections.

The outgoing president never campaigned for her Vice, the UP’s presidential candidate, Joseph Boakai, during the last general elections in Liberia.

This fueled speculation of a rift between her and Boakai, who has been Vice President for 12 years.

There were also rumours that she secretly supported the candidacy of the President-elect, George Weah, who ran on the platform of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

Weah defeated Boakai in the delayed presidential run-off election on Dec. 26.

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