A Defeat to the Tangibility and Objectives of the Liberian Transitional Process

By: Amin Modad

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

August 6, 2003

It seems as though the delegates in Accra are about to make the same mistakes they have made in the past- including warring faction leaders and political parties in the interim leadership. It may seem to be a means of satisfying all hands in the political opposition but this is not a feasible approach to cultivating lasting peace, establishing democratic precepts, and preventing regression. This idea or framework will expose the transitional process to biases, unfairness, and subjectivity. We have seen over the years the failure of all interim and transitional governments in Liberia because of the inclusion process.

We have to realize that the core elements of the Liberian saga and the basis on which the warring factions were formed are nepotism, corruption, religion, tribal affiliation and of course political preferences. Logically, since the complexities of the Liberian conflict are founded on these differences, it is important that the interim leadership alienate itself from any such alliance. How will the leadership of the Interim Presidency who belongs to say Party X maintain objectivity and fairness if Party X will be partaking in the up coming elections? Relevantly, these individuals will be prone to work in the favor of their political party thereby defeating the objective of the Interim Administration. Also, to put these individuals (who all come from different political schools and are in most cases rivals) in the position to power share will be synonymous to empowering or giving them the right to fight at the expense of the people.

It is most important that no warring faction leader partake in the interim presidency. We have to primarily set the democratic precedence. It is high time that Liberians understood that the route to changes in national leadership is not by the barrel of the gun. Other countries have established rules, norms and Laws that make it a crime to use any means outside the Judicial and democratic systems to change national leaderships.

If the future of Liberia is paramount on the agendas of our political aspirants and warring faction leaders, they should give way to a neutral Interim leadership and use the period till elections to establish their political parties and cultivate the support of the people. We cannot afford to leave any loophole that would lead into political, economical and social regressions.