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US Gov’t Extols Liberia Over Free Speech, Democracy
Date Uploaded: Oct 17, 2016

 U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield


US Gov’t Extols Liberia Over Free Speech, Democracy

MONROVIA, October 17 (LINA) - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has commended the Government of Liberia for its commitment to freedom of expression and democracy.

Greenfield said Liberia, a post-conflict nation, is a shining example of commitment to good governance and democracy.

According to media reports, the US envoy who once served as U.S, Ambassador to Liberia, made the commendation recently during a meeting with Vice President Joseph Boakai in Washington DC.

Greenfield said the eyes of the international community are on Liberia as it prepares for the 2017 General and Presidential Elections, as the conduct of peaceful elections will enhance the stability and progress of the country.

She reiterated the US Government’s commitment to buttressing efforts of the Government of Liberia to enhance the image and operations of the National Police and other security agencies, and urged the country to take ownership of its progress.

In response, Vice President Boakai thanked the U.S Government for its support to Liberia’s growth and prosperity over the years.

He assured the US Government and the international community of the commitment of Liberians to move their country forward and to continue building the country's fledgling democracy.

He recalled the enormous progress Liberia has made under the leadership of the Unity Party Government, including the building of roads, strengthening of the nation's security, achievements in freedom of expression as well as the health and education sectors.

The Liberian Vice President said Liberians have the right to be dissatisfied with where the country finds itself, especially after nearly 170 years of  independence.

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