Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The president’s utterances mark a shift from his previous calls for a roundtable dialogue with opposition protest leaders, who on June 7 organised the largest mass protest since the return to civilian democratic rule in 2005. Presenting a one-month ultimatum to the government, protesters have demanded judicial reforms, hastening of anti-graft measures and efforts to alleviate economic hardship.
- The high costs of policing the protests will prompt government criticism of the opposition given recent public sector budget cuts.
- Weah’s government will face accusations of creeping authoritarianism after the cutting of internet services during the protest.
- Additional demonstrations would likely prompt a spike in the price of basic foodstuffs, potentially undermining protest momentum.