Weah bows to pressure over the controversial appointment of his Justice minister.President George Weah filled most remaining cabinet seats on January 27th while controversy grew over allegations of past criminal behaviour by his Justice minister.Weah gave posts to a mixture of inexperienced but loyal figures from his Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, along with some key members held over from the former government, according to names released in an official statement.Newly appointed Interior minister Varney Sirleaf is a stepson of former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and previously served as deputy minister, while her Information minister Eugene Nagbe keeps his role in the new administration.Minister of Education Ansu Sonii and Minister of Commerce and Industry Wilson Tarpeh were key spokesmen for Weah during the 2017 election campaign, when the former footballer beat Sirleaf's vice‐president Joseph Boakai on a wave of youth support.Just one woman, Williametta Piso Saydee‐Tarr, has been appointed as a minister so far, taking the Gender, Children and Social Protection portfolio and breaking with strides in gender equality under Sirleaf.Several women were given deputy or assistant minister posts, however.Rodney Sieh, a Liberian political commentator, said key aides to Weah and the CDC “were expected to land lucrative
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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