The President of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah has accepted defeat by the opposition candidate in the November 14 run-off Presidential election in the country, saying that the people have spoken through their votes “and we have heard their voice.”
In a broadcast to the nation today in respect of the outcome of the election, President Weah asked the citizens to unite for the purpose of moving the country forward.
He said: “I stand before you tonight with a grateful heart, but with the utmost respect for the democratic process that has defined our nation.
“As your President and the leader of the Coalition for Democratic Change, I want to address you on the outcome of the run-off elections held on November 14, 2023.
“The results announced tonight, though not final, indicate that Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai is in a lead that we cannot surpass. “Therefore, a few minutes ago, I spoke with President-elect, Joseph N. Boakai to congratulate him on his victory.
“Tonight, as we acknowledge the results, let us also recognize that the true winners of these elections are the people of Liberia. Through your peaceful and orderly exercise of your constitutional right to vote, you have once again demonstrated your commitment to the democratic principles that bind us together as a nation.”
President Weah said that under his leadership, these elections were organized with a promise to the Liberian people of fairness, peace, inclusiveness, transparency, and credibility.
“I am proud to say that we have fulfilled that promise. The Liberian people have spoken, and we have heard their voice.”
He said that the closeness of the results reveals a deep division within the country, cautioning that As the country transit to a new administration, the citizens must be vigilant to the dangers of division, and must work together to find common ground.
According to him, now more than ever, unity is paramount for the love of Mama Liberia.
“To the members of the Mighty Coalition for Democratic Change, fellow partisans, CDCians, Weahcians, auxiliaries, first-time voters, campaign managers, and party leaders, I understand that this is not the outcome we desired. Although we did not emerge victorious, your hard work and support have been the backbone of our campaign, and for that, I am deeply grateful.”
The President advised his party members and supporters to follow his example and accept the results of the elections, saying: “Go home tonight with the knowledge that our ideals and vision for Liberia remain strong. “We are a young movement, and our time will come again. “Tomorrow, resume your daily activities in a normal way, and come and join me at our party headquarters to reflect on our journey and plan for our return to political leadership in 2029.
“Tonight, the CDC has lost the election, but Liberia has won. This is a time for graciousness in defeat, a time to place our country above party, and patriotism above personal interest.
“I remain your President until the handover of power, and I will continue to work for the good of Liberia.
“Let us heal the divisions caused by the campaign and come together as One Nation and One United People.
“May God bless Liberia, and may we continue to strive for a brighter future together.”