4 Candidates Launch Attacks on Sirleaf Administration
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Four opposition political candidates who turned out for the Presidential debate on Wednesday, 5 October have described the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led administration as a 'failed' one that needs change in Liberia.

 The debate organized by the Press Union of Liberia in conjunction with the Talking Drum Search for Common Grounds, the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia, and others, is to bring together presidential hopefuls to tell the Liberian people what they have on their platforms to deliver to the country.
 
Madam Sirleaf and others expected at the debate were absent for reasons not disclosed; however, it is presumed in many quarters that they are on the campaign trail across the country as every campaign activity will come to an end on Sunday, 9 October.
 
The four candidates including Counselor Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party, Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh of Freedom Alliance Party, Counselor Winston Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change, and Ambassador Dew Tuan Wleh Mason of the National Democratic Coalition all took advantage of the incumbent President's absence and lashed at her administration that it has done nothing to meet the needs and aspiration of the people of Liberia.
 In specific emphasis, Cllr. Brumskine said the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led administration has failed by not reconciling the people and not fighting corruption as the Liberian leader vowed to do when she took office on 16 January 2006; which he said in the Liberty Party Government he will ensure to do to the fullest.
 
Cllr. Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change , in an open ended platform, said he will ensure to do whatever that meets the aspirations of the Liberian people, also describing the Unity Party Government as a failed one with nothing to point as a tangible achievement for the past six years.
 

Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh, a veteran Liberian politician and economist who has failed in more than two elections, said he intends to revitalize the country's economy for all citizens to feel the impact of the revenues generated.

 Ambassador Dew Mason on his part asserted that the policies of the current leadership of Liberia is detrimental to the growth of the state and if such business strategy designed by the government continues in power, the country will become a failed state.
 
He too counts on affordable housing, education and infrastructures as things his government, if successful will embark on.
 

Two of the formidable candidates the public is wishing to hear and witness in the debate are Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the National Union for Democratic Progress Presidential hopeful, Nimba County Senior Senator Prince Y. Johnson.

 Both were indicted by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2009 for their role played during the course of the Liberian civil war. President Sirleaf was recommended to be banned from public office for 30 years while Prince Johnson was recommended for prosecution in a court of competent jurisdiction.
 

The presence of these two in the presidential race, especially Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has become a topic of argument in town with opposition parties holding her for not implementing the recommendations of the TRC. Moreover, the public holds President Sirleaf for what they allege as 'inconsistency' on her part not to go by her previous promise of running only for a term. Besides, other politicians including Simeon Freeman, Marcus Jones amongst others, contend that Sirleaf is not to run because she has not met the 10 years residency clause requirement enshrined in the 1986 Constitution.

 NUDP Candidate Prince Johnson on the other hand, is quoted by his supporters and others to have said that he only wants to debate with Madam Sirleaf and not any other opposition candidate.
 
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