The October Presidential election in Liberia will replace Africa’s first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Whoever is coming after will have to continue rebuilding the Liberian economy which is struggling to recover from the effects of the now defeated Ebola crisis.
In Liberia, the President is elected using the two-round system and this time, about there are about 20 Liberian Presidential candidates gunning for the top position.
The Liberian Presidential candidates come from an array of backgrounds that include a former football star, a model, a former warlord and several businessmen.
Below we feature some of the 20 Liberian Presidential candidates that are gearing up for October;
Joseph Boakai is the current vice President of Liberia and has been so since January 2006 serving under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Before that, he was the Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1985.
He has also served as Resident Manager of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) from 1973 to 1980 and Managing Director of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) from 1980 to 1982 and finally, Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC) in 1992.
The Vice President holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, University of Liberia.
Alexander B. Cummings
Cummings was the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, the world’s largest beverage manufacturer, from 2008 until his retirement in March 2016.
Prince Johnson is the former warlord in question. He is now a Liberian politician and the current Senior Senator from Nimba County. While a rebel leader, he played a prominent role in the First Liberian Civil War, in particular capturing, torturing, mutilating and executing President Samuel Doe, who had himself overthrown and murdered the previous President, William R. Tolbert Jr.
Joseph Mills Jones
Mr. Jones is the leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment and the former Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, which he was appointed to by President Sirleaf.
Former football star who retired and took particular interest in the leadership of Liberia. This will be his second time gunning for the Presidency after he lost to President Sirleaf in 2005.
Seems to be the only woman looking to replace President Sirleaf. She used to be a model but now does charity work; she is now a known philanthropist.
Sanctioned in 2000 by the United Nations for his alleged role in arms procurement and also for his alleged ongoing ties with Charles Taylor.
His name was actually added to the US Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals list, prohibiting him from conducting business with US companies, citizens and residents, and blocking all US based assets. Still he has denied his involvement in the violence of the Liberian and Sierra Leone civil conflicts and continues to gun for the top office.
Amara M. Konneh
Mr. Koneh is the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs. He holds a graduate degree in Management Information Systems from Penn State University, and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University. He also studied Public Administration at Harvard University.
On the list of Liberian Presidential candidates are also; Charles Brumskine, leader of the Liberty Party and former President Pro Temp of the Senate, Richard Miller (businessman), Jeremiah Whapoe (businessman)