LINU Regrets UP 2011 Coalition

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The Liberia National Union (LINU) said it regretted joining the governing Unity Party (UP) coalition in 2011 that led to the party winning the polls.

The party executive said they are also disappointed with the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led administration’s failure to take Liberia from the pit of backwardness to prosperity as was highly expected of her leadership.

LINU officials made the remarks at the party’s 19th anniversary held in Monrovia. LINU was one of several parties, including the Liberia Action Party (LAP) and the Liberia Unification Party (LUP) that joined the UP coalition in 2011.

The government has failed to create the jobs it promised to the growing number of unemployed youths and professionals, LINU said
Corruption remains a major driver in the government, and the President is unable to show the impact of her fight against the vice, but rather gives it different names ranging from “Public enemy #1” to “Vampire,” the party stated.

LINU’s political leader, Nathaniel Blamah, made the remarks at the party’s headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia.

Mr. Blamah said over 85 percent of Liberians continue to live in abject poverty, while the few minority swim in an ocean of material wealth.

“There are millions of disinherited Liberians throughout this country (who) dare only to dream about a good life,” Mr. Blamah said.

With a population of about 4.1 million and massive unemployment rates, ushering in a courageous and dedicated leadership remained the only beacon of hope for destitute Liberians, who felt that by the election of this administration would come a joyous daybreak to end the human suffering, Blamah pointed out.

Meanwhile, in the face of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown, LINU has urged the government to be robust in strengthening the security sector at all levels.

“We strongly believed that the provision of the needed logistics to the security sector will enhance performance in addition to more training and better incentives, the LINU leader said.

Founded in April 1997, LINU’s first standard bearer was Dr. Harry F. Monibah, vice president to former President Samuel K. Doe. LINU participated in the elections of July 19, 1997.

“Just at a time when the transition to democratic rule was nearing, LINU lost its political leader, Dr. Monibah, in a tragic motor accident in the USA,” Mr. Blamah said.

During the 2005 elections, the party elected John Morlu as its standard bearer. It, however, did not participate in the 2011 elections, but instead joined the UP in a coalition thereby endorsing the re-election of President Sirleaf.

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