President George Weah has challenged leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, to take seriously the issue of adherence to constitutional term limits to avoid political and security upheavals in the sub-region.
Addressing the extraordinary virtual summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on the Political situation in Guinea and Mali, the Liberia Leader asserted that if the manipulation of constitutional terms is discouraged by ECOWAS, the region could be spared the agony of military coups.
President Weah also used the occasion to remind his colleagues of Liberia’s zero-tolerance for military coups, recounting Liberia’s negative experiences of a military coup d’état and its aftermath.
The Liberian Leader further stated that Liberia as a notable member of the United Nations, African Union, and ECOWAS aligns its position on Guinea and Mali to the position of these multilateral bodies that support ECOWAS’ Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
He however called for a more coordinated and all-embracing mediation strategy for Guinea saying the inclusion of all the major stakeholders is paramount so as not to repeat the missteps of Mali.
President Weah then offered Liberia’s willingness to be a part of the ECOWAS Mediation Team for Guinea saying Liberia is well placed to be included given the socio-cultural relations and geographic proximity that both countries share.