Hundreds of Liberians demonstrated peacefully Saturday against President George Weah near Monrovia at the invitation of the opposition.
which accuses him of being responsible for the deterioration of living conditions a year before the elections, according to an AFP correspondent.
And he wrote on the banners that raised, “We are tired of suffering,” using the title that was launched by the coalition of cooperating political parties,
on this gathering in front of the Samuel Canyon Do stadium, on the outskirts of the capital.
The demonstration took place as Liberians grapple daily with inflation and shortages of basic materials and services in one of the world’s poorest countries.
And the President Weah has been out of the country since October 31 and is expected to make his official return Sunday after a seven-week absence.
Liberians are supposed to elect their president and parliament in October 2023.
“We are here to send a message to the government and the international community that Liberians have been suffering for too long.
” James Kennedy Sayley, vice-chairman of the organizing committee, told AFP.
“Poverty shows on all the faces of Liberians,” he added.
This coalition, whose leader Alexander Cummings appears to be one of Weah’s main rivals in the presidential elections.
accuses the president of incompetence and indifference to the situation of Liberians.
He denounced the prolonged absence of the president, who has participated since the end of October in many international events.
including the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where his son Timothy was playing with the US national team. The coalition holds him responsible for the continued rampant corruption in the country.
The former soccer star was elected in 2017 on promises to fight poverty and corruption. Weah has been nominated by his party for a second term in the 2023 elections.
In addition to economic difficulties, the government faces difficulties in organizing elections and pre-voting census problems.
It is under pressure from the American ally on the issue of corruption.
Washington imposed sanctions on five senior Liberian officials for corruption in three years.
In an open letter published in early December, the US ambassador to Monrovia, Michael McCarthy.
warned that the United States could impose additional sanctions in the coming months, pending “free, credible, and peaceful” elections.
The President of Liberia was among the heads of six African countries received by US President Joe Biden on December 14.
Leaders whose countries hold elections in 2023 reiterated their “commitment to free, fair and transparent elections,” according to the White House.