LIBERIA: AU, ECOWAS PARTNER TO RESOLVE LIBERIA IMPASSE

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The African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are making efforts to bring to an end the election impasse in Liberia since the release of the results October 10 President and Legislative polls over three weeks ago.

ECOWAS Chairperson, Togolese President, Faure Gnassigbé and his AU counterpart and President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Condé, yesterday arrived for a meeting with political leaders to quieten the already heightened situation.

On arrival at the RIA, the duo was received by President Ellen Johnson and taken to a local resort for a closed-door meeting with leaders of the political parties.

The political leaders present at the peace meeting include; Liberty Party (LP), Charles Walker Brumskine; Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Vice President and standing bearer of the ruling Unity Party (UP); Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC); businessman Benoni W. Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP), and the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Sen. Prince Yormie Johnson, who was absent from the meeting.

The team also met with top officials of NEC, including its Chairman, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya and the Full Bench of the Supreme Court.

The political tension in the country has led to calls for the dissolution of the NEC board of commissioners and the removal of its Chairman.