Liberia’s long history of elections

In the midst of the current 2017 elections season, I have read many flippant remarks about the imminent peaceful transfer of presidential power as a first in Liberian history.

No doubt the memory of the bulk of the present “youth bulge” generation is conveniently limited to the recent past. But then I read an interview by the celebrated author Helene Cooper that went like


Interviewer: “Sirleaf is stepping down this year. How does it feel to see her presidency ending?”

Cooper’s reply: “What is weird is this has never happened before – we’ve never had a post-president in Liberia, somebody who voluntarily left at the end of their term.”

I thought it appropriate not only to attempt to correct the error but to use the opportunity as a teachable moment especially for the benefit of our youth.

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