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Liberia’s Weah will face stiff re-election battle

Friday, January 29, 2021

Significance

While the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) alliance won seven of the 15 senate seats on offer, compared to three for the CDC, preliminary results of the referendum show over 60% of votes were invalid, suggesting deliberate ballot spoiling by disaffected voters.

Impacts

  • Weah is increasingly unlikely to secure a second term unless he regains public trust and oversees an improving economy.
  • Poor performance in the non-mining sector will continue to undermine public revenues.
  • Rising public discontent will drive intermittent street protests.
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