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NANA AKUFO ADDO-PRESIDENT ELECT OF GHANA

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Wind of Change Blows Away Ghana’s President -As Election Commission Releases Final results NPP Standard bearer and President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo Nana AkofuAddo of the opposition New Patriotic Party in Ghana obtained 53.61% to win that West African nation presidential election. The incumbent John Dramani Mahama got 44.66%, being the second sitting African leader in recent weeks to lose to an opposition. The president called his opponent to concede defeat, wishing him well in his new position. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) standard bearer had claimed victory earlier the day before. Polling took place on Wednesday December 7. Concord Times editor, Lyndon Ponnie in Accra, Ghana reports that delay by the electoral commission to announce the final result nearly caused chaos in the country. There was…

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Liberia’s Amos Sawyer Heads West African Community Observers To Ghana’s Elections

Former Liberia’s Interim President Dr. Amos Sawyer

Former Liberia Interim President Dr. Amos Sawyer is heading an ECOWAS 49-member observer mission to Ghana’s presidential and general elections. The elections are slated for Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Dr. Sawyer was head of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU). The observer mission will ascertain whether the elections are free, transparent and credible. It comprises 80 short-term observers and 14 long-term observers. The short-term observers, drawn from all ECOWAS member States except for Ghana, and the ECOWAS Parliament, also includes members of the civil society, representatives of electoral commissions in West African nations, ambassadors of Member States accredited to the ECOWAS, and observers from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre. The observers will be support by a technical team from the ECOWAS…

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Crimes Of November 8, 2011: -A Conspiracy Of A Criminal Cover-up

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By P Nimely-Sie Tuon December 5, 2016 On November 8, 2011, exactly five years ago, the entire world saw images flashing on television screens of defenseless unarmed young Liberians being overwhelmed by haze of gunfire that were being fired at them before the headquarters of a Liberian political party, Congress For Democratic Change or CDC, in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. The security forces of the Sirleaf-Boakai regime open fire at these young Liberians who were exercising their rights to peaceful assembly. Within few hours of the incident, while the activities were still unfolding, Liberia’s President Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in a dismissive way, said it was only one person that died, and described it as an “isolated” incident. By the end of the day, as darkness…

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Liberia’s UN Ambassador Brown Proposes One Year Extension of UNMIL

Liberia’s UN Ambassador Lewis Browne

As UN Security Council discusses a Special Report on Liberia, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Lewis Brown, on behalf of Government, is proposing one year for the extension of the United Nation’s Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), while the Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Havre Ladsous is advising that Liberia remains on the UN Security Council’s agenda through the establishment of the next administration. “Only one more year to continue the phased withdrawal – one more year to enable our recovering and reforming institutions to continue to stand up as UNMIL draws down; one more year of presence of UNMIL which represents to many Liberians, a ‘brand of confidence’ that would assist in mitigating, if not deterring, the real risk of…

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Southeasterners in Liberia Complain of Abandonment by Sirleaf Government

Some of the bad roads leading to the Southeastern region of Liberia

Despite appeal from the citizens the of  Southeastern region of Liberia to the Ministry of Public Works to recondition the major roads leading to the region, government is yet to act even in wake of promises made the Ministry of Public Works to help those Liberians out of their misery. Speaking on major radio talk-shows in Monrovia recently, the citizens said even though the raining season is subsiding, the terrible road conditions have made it almost impossible to commute in the region. They said that vehicles that make it to the region charge exorbitant fares, which subsequently has caused increase the prices of other commodities. Last year, the plenary of the Liberian Senate invited the Ministries of Public Works, Finance and Transport to brainstorm on…

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WAJA Congratulates Gambians On Victory Over “Tyranny”

Mr. Peter Quaqua
WAJA President

The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) has congratulated the people of The Gambia on their victory over tyranny. WAJA says, the December 2 defeat of President Yahya Jammeh at the polls, ends the 22 years wait for answers to the cries and fears of The Gambia people, who had been brutally repressed. The result of the Gambian elections has been largely greeted with surprise, but WAJA believes the peaceful outcome was a divined intervention by Allah to end the suffering of the people at the hands of the dictator, who had wished to rule for ‘a billion year.’ In a statement issued on Sunday, WAJA says the result also means freedom and justice for the very many Gambians, including and especially journalists, human rights and…

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Pres. Sirleaf Meets President Buhari in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari and his Liberian counterpart President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Abuja. Pix: Courtesy of Punch.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja met with the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, behind closed doors. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reliably gathered that the visiting Liberian president would brief President Buhari on sub-regional security challenges ahead of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa slated for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. President Buhari is expected to leave Abuja later today for the forum in Dakar, Senegal. Sirleaf, who is the current Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), is expected to brief President Buhari on efforts made to curb terrorism in the sub-region. NAN further reports that the two leaders may also discuss other issues…

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Alarm over Influx of Aliens

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Liberians have raised alarm on the massive influx of foreigners into the country. Our reporter who visited Nimba County recently said Liberians in the county fear that this situation could pose security problem for the country in the future. The citizens told Concord Times that most of these aliens are Nigerians and Guineans who most times take advantage of the porous borders of the country. The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization has also expressed concern about the situation at the borders. BIN Boss Lemuel Reeves recently stated that his bureau was strategizing on ways to secure the country porous borders amid reports that it has been forgotten as more illegal aliens filter through. Immigration sources told Concord Times that out of 156 entry points in…

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Ganta City

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  Moving From War To Total Development Ganta, also known as Gompa City, is a town in Nimba County of northern Liberia, lying just south of the Guinea border. It is the second largest city in Liberia, with a population of 41,106 as of 2008.  A bustling market town, it contains a prominent white mosque, noted for its decorated minarets of carved stars. It is connected by highway to Zwedru, some 238 kilometres (148 mi) to the southeast. The Mani River passes through the northern part of the town, marking the border between Liberia and Guinea. Ganta is an emerging city with a estimated population of 50. As early as 1983 it was observed by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service that it had the potential to…

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PUL Suspends Journalist

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(Monrovia, December 4, 2016) The Press Union of Liberia has indefinitely suspended the membership of the Publisher of the Daily Graphic Newspaper, George Watkins. The Union’s action against Journalist Watkins is the outcome of preliminary hearings conducted by the Press Union’s Leadership during which Mr.  Watkins pleaded guilty to forgery and theft. Mr. Watkins, the Union said initiated and managed criminal negotiations that led to the waiver of ninety percent of debt owed the New Vision Newspaper by the Central Bank of Liberia. The resulting check of U$628 issued in the name of the newspaper was also fraudulently encashed at the Central Bank of Liberia by Mr. T. Benedict D. Togbah of Public Agenda Newspaper with the aid of some CBL staff on the instruction and supervision…

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All Liberia Party Standard Bearer Benoni Urey speaking to media executives at his residence in Careysburg.

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