Liberia's Vice President Resigned

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted June 6, 2003

In the aftermath of the indictment of President Charles Taylor of Liberia by the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in neighboring Sierra Leone, the Vice President of Liberia, Moses Blah, has resigned his post.

The resignation of Vice President Blah was broken on Thursday by President Taylor when he addressed the nation on issue of national concern, especially his two-day visit to Accra, Ghana. More than one million residents of Monrovia and its environ monitored the President via his private KISS FM radio Station.

President Taylor has also asked all his cabinet ministers to resign the various positions immediately next week to give thee Peace talks in Accra a boost.

According to President Taylor, while he was on the visit to the Liberian Peace Talks in Accra, certain individuals and top officers within the government were planning to stage a coup d’etat to forcibly remove his government from power. He however, did not name those involved in the planning of the coup.

He told the nation that following reports of his indictment by the World Crimes Tribunal, certain Western Embassies near Monrovia approached some individuals within his government to stage a coup d’etat but said that request was turn down. President Taylor, however, did not give details on the coup but said his government has accepted the resignation of Vice President Blah.

President Taylor is yet to name the replacement of Vice President Blah whom resignation remains public concern. There has been no indication as to what prompted Vice President Blah resignation but there is speculation in the various street’s corners.

The former vice president is one of the former “special force” of the disbanded National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NFL). He once served as Liberian Ambassador to Libya before his appointment about three years ago. He succeeded the late Enoch Dogoleah who died in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where he was taken for medical treatment.

Meanwhile, President Taylor speaking further commended the President of Ghana, Government and People of Ghana and the various heads of state who attended the Accra Peace Talks on Liberia .

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