The long-awaited national convention of the former ruling party, the Unity Party (UP), finally ended in Gbarnga, Bong County or central Liberia, with several new faces elected to direct the affairs of the party in 2023.
According to reports, the party’s political leader, Ambassador Joseph Nyanma, was overwhelmingly re-elected as party leader in the 2023 general and presidential elections.
Businessman Amin Modad who served as party chairman and Mohammed Ali – national secretary lost their jobs to little-known candidates for the posts.
Over the past three years, the opposition UP, led by former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, has found itself in a “political downfall” with missteps in maintaining the opposition bloc known as the name of Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), money troubles and the spectacle of party leader Mr Boakai testifying in a court case against fellow opposition leader Mr Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC).
Discontent grew among UP supporters over the party’s low national profile, with many delegates seeing the just-concluded national convention as an opportunity to offload those they perceived as ‘ineffective and beleaguered’, according to one leading source at party headquarters in Monrovia. who spoke to African Star on Saturday on condition of anonymity.
The new UP President is Reverend Luther Tarpeh and National Secretary Amos Tweh. Ms. Cornelia Kruah-Togba was elected, unopposed, Vice President for Interparty Affairs.
The new national leaders will manage day-to-day affairs in conjunction with party leader Mr. Boakai.
The UP is expected to field Mr. Boakai as a candidate in next year’s presidential race against incumbent President George M. Weah, who is expected to seek a second six-year term.
The new national leadership of the UP should rebuild the political and campaign apparatus of the party, build new political alliances and raise millions of dollars by the 2023 elections in order to be competitive or even win the race again. state power, according to our correspondent in Monrovia. .
The UP is expected to officially announce and present its list of new national leaders soon.
Source: Africa Star
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