Liberia Ruling Party Expels Outgoing President Sirleaf, AP Says

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks during the General Debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the UN headquarters in NY, on September 19, 2017.

Liberia's ruling party expelled outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, saying she violated the party's rules by not supporting her vice president in last month's election, Associated Press reported, citing a party official.

Specifically, Johnson-Sirleaf whose 12-year tenure will end on January 22, was accused of breaching rules that require her to support the party's candidates in elections.

Weah defeated Boakai in the delayed presidential run-off election on December 26.

Commany B. Wesseh, Senator of River Gee County; Madam Medina Wesseh, former Executive Committee member; and Patrick T. Worzie, Deputy Secretary have also been expelled from the party.

This fueled speculation of a rift between her and Boakai, who has been Vice President for 12 years.

Unity Party's assistant secretary-general for press and public affairs, Mohammed Ali, said Sirleaf was expelled for violating the party's constitution.

Sirleaf, who will leave office on January 22 after completing her two-term tenure in office, is yet to comment on her expulsion by the governing party.