Liberia: ‘Pres. Weah Popularity Cannot Get Him Re-elected’ – Deputy Minister Fahngon

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MONROVIA – Deputy Minister of Information for Press and Public Affairs, Eugene Fahngon, says a few heads in government need to roll, if the George Weah-led government should regain the confidence of the Liberian people and retain power after 2023.

Though Fahngon did not mention names of these individuals, but said there are about five of them that the President needs to dismiss.

He made these assertions on Friday during a Facebook live broadcast when he promised to speak on the topic, “Why Liberians love the President but hate his government to the bone” on Saturday. He, however, did not do Saturday’s live session.

“There are about five persons in this government that the opposition hopes [that] if they can just be removed if we can just get him to fire them, we’re okay. Or if we can get him to turn against them, sack them, we’re good. There are about four or five persons in this government. And make no mistake, you know me and I know you…,” he said.

Deputy Minister Fahngon was weighing in on the massive defeat of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change in the December 8 Senatorial election despite all the gains President Weah has made in the government.

“If anyone tells to you that the popularity of our President and the love the people have for him will get him elected in 2023 if the situation does not change, tell them Fahngon says, you damn lie; even if it means I’m booted out.”

Eugene L. Fahngon, Deputy Information Minister for Press and Public Affairs

He named the payment of WASSCE fees, building of roads, infrastructure development to include new market structures, hospital, corporate buildings; free tuition for public universities as some of the achievements of the President, yet the Liberian people rejected his choices during the Senatorial election.

Minister Fahngon emphasized that the Liberian people love the President but “hate his government to the bone”.

“Why in the midst of maximum progress in minimum time there is so much agony, anguish, hatred, disenchantment, resolve to the point where people say I rather be where I was than to be where I am now?” he asked rhetorically.

He said the CDC’s defeat did not start with December 8 senatorial election, recalling that the Coalition was beaten in Bong County, District 13 and by Senator Dillon – all before this midterm election. “Then this midterm, we were massively beaten. How long will it take before optical reality sets in?”

He called for sober reflections on why even the young generation, most of whom had just turned 18 and just came out of high school – benefiting from the President’s payment of WASCCE fees and the market women who are massively benefiting from the modern market structures being built by the President would choose to elect his choices into the legislature.

“If anyone tells to you that the popularity of our President and the love the people have for him will get him elected in 2023 if the situation does not change, tell them Fahngon says, you damn lie; even if it means I’m booted out,” he said.

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