News / Africa

Liberian Opposition Leader Welcomes President’s Speech

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf sits at a ceremony to mark her second presidential inauguration at the Capitol in Monrovia, Liberia, January 16, 2012.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf sits at a ceremony to mark her second presidential inauguration at the Capitol in Monrovia, Liberia, January 16, 2012.

Multimedia

Audio
  • Listen to Butty interview with CDC leader Winston Tubman

James Butty

The leader of Liberia’s main opposition - Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) - said he expects members of his party to be part of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s second term administration as a sign of an inclusive government.

The president has nominated individuals to fill almost all key Cabinet posts in her new administration.

In her State of the Nation speech Monday, Sirleaf projected a 7 percent economic growth rate and promised to focus her long-term development strategy on the country’s young people who form nearly 60 percent of the population, but whose unemployment rate is the highest.

CDC leader Winston Tubman said he supports the president’s focus on the young people.

“I liked the speech very much because the biggest constituency of the Congress for Democratic Change is young people, and the president placed a lot of stress on what she will be doing for young people.  She said that she has heard their voices; they want attention; they want their issues addressed, and she promised that she will be addressing their concerns,” he said.

Tubman said Sirleaf’s speech showed she must have also been listening to the opposition CDC.

“She said in her speech that, in her first term, she has focused on lifting Liberia.  Now, in the second term, she said she will focus on lifting Liberians, and she stressed that the young people are the ones that she will focus on,” Tubman said.

He said Liberia’s high youth unemployment can be dealt with if the opposition and the president can work together to allay investors’ fear of an stabled Liberia.

“Unemployment is high, but I think if we stabilize the country, if the fear that there could be new upheaval can be waved permanently, then I think the economy will settle down, investors will come in, and jobs will be provided,” he said.

Representatives of both the opposition, including the Congress for Democratic Change and the ruling Unity Party, have been holding consultations for a possible government of inclusion.

Tubman said he expects members of his party will be given positions in Sirleaf’s government even though the president has already nominated people to most of her cabinet positions.

He said the CDC is partly to blame for the delay in its members being nominated to the president’s new government.

“I think we are partly to blame because the president needs to see who we are offering, the king of resumes we are sending forward and, being a democratic party, we have been trying our best to make sure that everybody is considered and a fair procedure is established for sending the resumes.  And, once the resumes are in, then we expect the president will fulfill her promise to name CDC [members] to her government,” Tubman said.

You May Like

Video One Year After Thai Coup, No End in Sight for Military Rule

Since carrying out the May 22, 2014 coup, the general has retired from the military but is still firmly in charge More

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Troops Depart

Afghans are grappling with how exodus will affect country's fragile economy More

Video Scientists Say We Need Softer Robots

Today’s robots are mostly hard, rigid machines, with sharp edges and forceful movements, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say they should be softer and therefore safer More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs