CDC to Demonstrate Across Monrovia, November 28; While Miatta Fahnbulleh Wants 50% Women Appointed in New Government
Monrovia, Liberia: The Standard Bearer of the Congress for Democratic Change, Winston Tubman, says his party will lead a series of demonstrations across Monrovia, starting November 28.
Addressing his CDC supporters at the party’s headquarters on Monday, Mr. Tubman said the demonstrations are geared toward putting forth their case regarding the recent boycott of the runoff presidential election.
The main opposition party has accused the National Elections Commission of being partial with the electoral process, citing irregularities and fraud during the October 11 Elections that was rated “free, fair and transparent” by local and international observers.
The parade is expected to be peaceful, and will proceed through the principal streets of Monrovia with only UNMIL Nigerian Contingent providing security.
Meanwhile, Miatta Fahnbulleh would like to see more women working in the new Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration.
During an interview with our Monrovia Correspondent, the musical icon noted that it was Liberian women who defied the opposition boycott of the November 8 runoff election and went out to vote for the incumbent.
According to Ms. Fahnbulleh, past Liberian governments have downplayed the issues of women, and since President Sirleaf is already a champion of women’s issues, it was time that women get that much-needed attention from the Executive Mansion.
“If I were to suggest to the president, I would suggest a 50% share of women appointed to the new government, because if a man was president he would appoint 90% men to his administration,” she added.
Ms. Fahnbulleh described as “token” women who were appointed to past governments from Presidents Tubman to Taylor.
She however, acknowledged the historical appointments of Ethel Wright as Defense Minister, Mai Padmore, Minister of Health, and Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture in both the Tubman and Tolbert administrations.
Moses Owen Browne, Jr., a Monrovia-based correspondent, writes for The Liberian Dialogue. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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