Talks On Transitional Government In Liberia Gain Momentum

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted June 23, 2003

Discussions leading to the formation of a transitional government that will exclude President Charles Taylor have begun at the on-going Liberian peace talks in Accra, Ghana.

Latest reports monitored on the VOA, said the discussion for the formation of the transitional government began Wednesday among the various political stakeholders and parties to the conflict.

The move is in keeping with the cease-fire agreement signed between the Liberian government and the two rebel groups on Tuesday which calls for the formation of such a government within 30 days after the signing of the agreement.

According to the reports, the new transitional government is expected to include representatives of the country’s 18 registered political parties; the two rebel groups, LURD and MODEL, and the Cabinet members of the incumbent Taylor-administration.

Representatives of the above-mentioned groups, will also make up a transitional legislative assembly in a proposed transitional government which will be expected to stay in office for at least two years before General and Presidential elections.

It is not clear as to which group will head the proposed government, but reports monitored suggest that whosoever that will head the government will not be allowed to contest the pending general and presidential elections.

Reports also say that several high profile Liberian politicians, most of whom are at the peace talks in Accra, have begun lobbying to head the proposed transitional government.

Although the report did not name the Liberian politicians lobbying for the job to head the government, information from Accra indicates that some of these politicians have intensified their campaign among political stakeholders and parties to secure the job.

In a related development, eight of Liberia’s 18 registered political parties, have issued a position statement advancing several proposals in the wake of the discussion leading to the formation of the transitional government.

According to the reports, the parties want the restructuring of the Elections Commission and the Supreme Court among others during the transitional period.

Some of the parties concerned are the Liberia People’s Party (LPP), the Liberia Action Party (LAP), the Unity Party (UP), Free Democratic Party (FDP), Liberia Unification Party (LUP), among others.

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