Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Ellen and Weah meet
President-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and loosing presidential candidate George Weah meet in a promising development since Weah's recent provocative speeches:
President-elect of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and defeated presidential candidate of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), George Manneh Weah on Saturday held major discussions behind closed door. The Chief Mediator in the Liberian peace process during a reception rather spontaneously arranged the impromptu meeting between Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and former football legend, George Weah at the Executive Mansion. -snip- Although details of the meeting between the President-elect Sirleaf, and Amb. Weah, were not disclosed, but sources close to the meeting divulged that their discussions centered on maintaining peace and stability in the country. Political observers said the discussion between Amb. Weah and the President-elect is a significant break through in the Liberian process. It is the first time that the two political leaders have held closed door discussion since the end of the runoff election. Mr. Weah had persistently decried massive fraud in the run-off, which Mrs. Sirleaf overwhelmingly won.Time will tell if Weah backs off the rhetoric in the weeks leading up to the 16 Jan inauguration.