Pres. Sirleaf rejects her expulsion from Unity Party

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has termed her expulsion from the governing party as illegal, saying she will appeal the decision.

The Unity Party’s executive committee voted Saturday, January 13, 2018 to expel the 79-year-old president, accusing her of violating the party’s constitution by refusing to support her Vice President in just concluded elections.

Unity Party candidate, Joseph Boakai lost to soccer star George Weah on December 26, 2017 in a runoff election.

Sirleaf has denied accusations she supported Weah.

Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, speaking for the president, on Tuesday said her expulsion from the party was illegal. He said a small fraction of the party’s executive committee instituted the action and didn’t follow the party constitution.

He said Sirleaf will urge the party to reverse its decision to expel her after Weah’s inauguration slated for next Monday, January 22.

Minister Nagbe said whether expelled from the Unity Party or not, outgoing president and Africa’s first female president legacy is indelible.

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