Liberia: UP Boakai Names Senator Koung as Running Mate

Boakai announced Koung as his running mate on the ticket of the opposition Unity Party (UP) on May 28


Liberia's former Vice President and Standard Bearer of the opposition Unity Party, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai has named Nimba County Senator and Political Leader of the Movement for Reconstruction and Democracy Jeremiah Koung as his running mate in October 10 polls.

Amb. Boakai made the disclosure at a colorful and well-attended event held at the Unity Party headquarters in central Monrovia on Friday, April 28, 2023 and his search of running mate was to find someone most importantly who knows and experienced how it feels to live in a nation with no hope.

According to him, in his search, he interacted with a lot of qualified and committed Liberians and foreign partners, sought guidance and advice on how he can address the hemorrhaging leadership deficit in country and lauds everyone for their service, support and commitment to Liberia.

"In my search for a running mate, I sought to find someone who would join me as a partner and build a dedicated team of leaders to rescue our country. I wanted someone young and energetic who will commit to integrity and accountability in governance, commit to reconciling and healing our country and who by their early upbringing understands and connects with a youthful generation and nation still traumatized by war and denial but yet is an example to success," Amb. Boakai said

He assures everyone of a leadership of inclusion, stating "there’s much to offer in the coming campaign and the future government when we earn the confidence of the people of Liberia."

Amb. Boakai said "let me assure you that the person I did not look for is a SINLESS ANGEL. However, that person must be one who understands the suffering of our people and is willing to rescue them."

Grand Bassa County Senator and Political Leader of Liberty Party, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, All Liberian Party political leader Benino W. Urey and a critic of the George M. Weah-led Government and head of Council of Patriots that hosted the June 7 protest, Henry P. Costa did not show up at the naming program.

Partisans and supporters are colorfully dressed in their white and green and chanting slogans, "Rogue government will retire October, "we are ready to vote Weah and thugs out of power."

Senator Prince Y. Johnson along with some of his party officials, Movement for Reconstruction and Democratic (MDR) and partisans attended the program.