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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Receives More Congratulatory Messages | Print |  E-mail
Written by MOFA Press   
Thursday, 01 December 2011 22:08

MONROVIA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 2011: The President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf continues to receive more congratulatory messages from friendly governments around the world following her reelection as President.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, over the last few days, President-elect Johnson Sirleaf has received messages of congratulations from countries across Africa, Europe, and Asia as well as multilateral institutions on her reelection for a second-term after the November 8th, 2011 run-off elections.

The latest African leaders who have sent congratulatory messages include the presidents of the Republics of Zambia, Ghana, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Others include the President and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and the President of the European Commission.

In his message to Her Excellency President-elect Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Zambia, His Excellency M. C. Sata conveyed heartfelt congratulations to the Liberian leader on her reelection on behalf of the Government and people of Zambia, describing the renewed mandate as an opportunity to meet most of their expectations including the attainment of national unity and reconciliation.

President Sata noted that Zambia and Liberia continue to maintain cordial relations at both the bilateral and multilateral levels and the two countries have collaborated in tackling some of the challenges that beset the continent. He expressed certainty that under President Johnson Sirleaf’s leadership, the two countries will endeavor to explore new areas of bilateral cooperation for the benefit of the two countries and peoples.

In a separate message of congratulations, the President of Ghana conveyed heartfelt congratulations to Madam Johnson Sirleaf for her reelection as President. Professor John Evans Atta Mills, in his message, said the reelection of Madam Johnson Sirleaf is indeed in recognition of her able leadership qualities demonstrated during her first term. He expressed hope that the President-elect Johnson Sirleaf’s second term will witness the consolidation of peace, national reconciliation and rapid social and economic development.

In the message, the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Durão Barroso conveyed heartfelt congratulations to the Liberian leader on behalf of the Commission describing the elections as free, fair, credible and transparent in line with international and regional standards.

Mr. Durão Barroso said despite the incident that marked the second round, it is important that all parties look forward to ways of healing the wounds of the past and persevere in building a democratic future for Liberia.

He expressed the Commission’s sincere commitment to the Government and people of Liberia as President Johnson Sirleaf exercises her constitutional duty. He reaffirm the European Union’s readiness to support Liberia’s efforts under the second term, building on the achievements made during her first term  in the climate of peace, consultation and dialogue; adding that the  European Union strongly hopes to see all Liberians working towards a common visio for economic and social development with opportunities for all, national reconciliation, good governance, and peace.

In his congratulatory message to President Johnson Sirleaf, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, His Excellency Christian Wulff expressed sincere congratulations to President-elect Johnson Sirleaf for her reelection at a time the country is facing the period of peace-building, democratization and continuing reconciliation which are important to economic and social development.

He said, as President Johnson Sirleaf continues to advance along the road to democratization, the Federal Republic of Germany will continue to support her administration in the endeavor.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel also congratulated the President for her reelection. Dr. Merkel also recognizes Madam Johnson Sirleaf’s personal commitment to the reconstruction and the establishment of peace in Liberia which she noted needs to be highly recognized by every person.

According to her, the Presidential and Legislative elections were a crucial step on the way to national reconciliation and consolidation of the democratic structure in Liberia.

J. Wesley Washington       
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