LIBERIA: ELECTORAL VIOLENCE IN LOFA, CLAIMS AND COUNTER-CLAIMS

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The Government of the United States of America (USA), through its Embassy accredited to Liberia, has expressed serious concern over the latest election violence between rival supporters of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the main opposition Unity Party (UP).

It can be recalled that on Friday, September 29, 2023 violence erupted between supporters of the ruling CDC and the UP with both parties pointing accusing fingers at each other for being the orchestrator of the conflict.

The CDC has accused the UP of vandalizing newly erected streetlights and attempting to destroy newly constructed infrastructure believed to be owned by Montserrado County Electoral District #5 Representative Thomas Fallah, who is now a candidate in the race for Lofa County Electoral District #5.

But on the flick side of the CDC’s allegation, UP Campaign Spokesman, Mo Ali, pointed out that the incident was orchestrated by supporters of Rep. Fallah, who he allegedly said threw stones at UP’s partisans from the fence of Rep. Fallah.

In regard to the current state of affairs leading to the holding of the contentious 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections, the U.S. Government, through its mission here, has called on authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.

While expressing condolences to the families of the deceased, the U.S. Government warned that violence should never be the answer to political differences

“The United States condemns the violence and loss of life that reportedly occurred in Foya, Lofa County on September 29. We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and urge everyone to maintain the peace. The US Embassy calls upon authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. Political differences must be solved at the ballot box, peacefully, and never through violence. Violence is never the answer,” stated the U.S Government.

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