Brumskine: Liberty Party Must Win in First Round

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Charles Walker Brumskine, the standard bearer of the opposition Liberty Party has told his partisans that the party must win in the first round of elections to bring the necessary change to Liberia.

Brumskine made the statement Saturday, September 9 during the party’s campaign launch in Monrovia.

The Liberty Party standard bearer asked for a mandate from the Liberian people to be voted as president come October 10th.

Amid cheers and honking of horns from supporters, Brumskine said it was time to take the “government money” from the few wealthy individuals and invest it in the average Liberian, adding that “the money needs to leave Monrovia and be invested in the people that live across the country.”

“Liberia belongs to you, and it is time to begin enjoying the benefits of your country,” Brumskine told his supporters.

He said current government officials do not want to see his party effect the necessary change in the country, alluding to the large number of lawmakers who have pledged their support for the vice president.

“Those representatives and senators that are resisting change and have endorsed Joseph N. Boakai, vice president and standard bearer of ruling Unity Party, need to be kicked out,” he added.

“That’s why I need a mandate from the Liberian people because it will be difficult for current government officials to effect the necessary change,” Brumskine said.

Brumskine reiterated that if elected as president, he would cut the salary of the president, vice president, and cabinet ministers by 30 percent and added that for that to happen, he will need the support of the Liberian people to have the representatives and senators agree, especially those supporting the presidential bid of Boakai.

He said the salary cuts from government officials would go towards social programs such as improving the education of children and health care facilities for the elderly.

Brumskine urged his supporters to cast their votes for all members of his party participating in these elections.

“You know me, and you can trust me. I have been there before and have the education and integrity,” he added.

Featured photo by Zeze Evans Ballah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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