Daily Archives: October 15, 2017

Liberia Announces Runoff Election Between Weah, Boakai

A runoff vote for the presidency of Liberia will be held between former footballer George Weah and incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai, the electoral commission said Sunday.

With over 95 percent of votes counted in the West African country, Weah has taken 39.0 percent of the votes and Boakai 29.1 percent – neither of them near the 50 percent required to win the presidency outright after the first round of voting last week.

Voters cast their ballots Tuesday, marking the West African nation’s first smooth transition of power from one democratically elected leadership to another in more than 70 years.

The country’s 2.1 million registered voters were choosing the successor to Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female elected head of state, who is stepping down after serving two six-year terms, as mandated by Liberia’s constitution.

Sirleaf has led Liberia through a period of peace in the aftermath of a 14-year civil war that ended in 2003. But the country remains plagued by corruption and is still trying to recover from the Ebola crisis that killed 5,000 people in 2014 and 2015.

Source: Voice of America

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE SA PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TO 137TH IPU ASSEMBLY, MS THANDI MODISE

The Leader of the South African Parliamentary delegation to the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, NCOP Chairperson Ms Thandi Modise, today addressed the IPU General Assembly on the theme: Promoting cultural pluralism and peace through inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue.

Ms Modise is leading a 7-member multiparty delegation to the crucial IPU Assembly, which is taking place 14-18 October in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The other members of the delegation are Ms Mmatlala Boroto, Ms Doris Dlakude, Mr Pumzile Justice Mnguni, Mr Eddie Makue, Mr Mike Waters and Mr Lehlohonolo Goodwill Mokoena.

Below is the statement Ms Modise gave to the IPU General Assembly.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa