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To Hell With Interim Government
Thursday 27th October 2011

As I write this article I plead with my late grandmother to please forgive me for going on the contrary to some of the virtues she taught me while growing up as a child in New Kru Town. I am pleading with my late grandmother for not being polite in my headline in this article because she taught me to always be intelligent courteous, polite and respectful in whatever I do.

But sometimes the way things are done in this country dictates that at times it is not necessary to mince one’s words. In this case, some issues should be dealt with harshly, or unkindly as in the case of some ill-advised calls from some quarters in our society for the setting up of an ‘interim government’ to replace the democratically elected government of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Some of those making such calls said this was necessary because of some alleged irregularities during the October 11 presidential and legislative elections.

It is an undisputable fact that for many years this country witnessed the installation or inauguration of many interim administrations. This was necessary at the time because the country found itself in a state of insecurity, as a result of intermittent civil conflicts. These conflicts over the years resulted to immeasurable deaths and wanton destruction and created a condition that undermined national security and governance.

For example during the administration of the late Samuel K. Doe, when the war started after the former forces of Charles Taylor, the National Patriotic Front of Liberian and that of the splintered   group, the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia of Sen. Prince Johnson entered the country. That undermined security and made the country ungovernable as the central government of Doe became paralyzed and that the government could no longer protect its citizens, as some of them fled to neighboring countries for refuge.

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