Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP) and Alternative National Congress (ANC) on Monday, June 4, 2018 announced that they have joined forces to keep the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) accountable to the Constitution and the people of Liberia.
The opposition parties’ pronouncement was contained in a statement they delivered at a joint press conference in Monrovia, which was read by Jacob Smith, LP national Secretary General on behalf of the three collaborating political parties.
Smith said the parties have decided to come together and to speak with one voice to ensure that the freedom they fought for be given in the interest of the Liberian people.
The three parties collaborated during the 2017 electoral impasse, demanded a re-run of the process, claiming that the first round of the election was rigged and did not meet any of the criteria to be called a free, fair and transparent election.
“To our continued democratic evolution and to protect our hard-won fight for freedom, the UP, LP and ANC have decided to collaborate in the interest of the Liberian people, to ensure the continued evolution of our democracy,” Smith said.
He said the political trio will maintain their independent identities and leadership, but will collaborate to articulate and then hold the CDC-led government accountable to the Constitution.
“The political leaders from the three collaborating parties will meet along with the legal and other appropriate teams to work out the legal framework and other political modalities in an effort to improve the living standards of Liberians,” Smith continued.
In closing, he thanked partisans and all Liberians for their belief and support, and called on other well-meaning opposition parties to join ranks.
The three collaborating parties are expected to issue their first political statement on national issues in the coming days.