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I am fit to run for president, says ex-Liberian VP Boakai

Joseph Nyumah Boakai is a Liberian politician who served as the 29th vice-president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018, under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Unity Party flagbearer and former vice-president of Liberia Joseph Boakai has denied media reports that he was rushed to Ghana for an emergency medical treatment.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Asaase 99.5 Accra’s Nana Oye Ankrah in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the 78-year-old said he came to the West African country on a business trip.

“I came for business, and I feel very well,” Boakai, who is aiming for his country’s top job after serving two terms as the vice-president of Liberia (from 2006 to 2018) for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said.

“I didn’t come for medical reasons,” he added.

“I left Liberia and I’m here. And you see me sitting here I’m not lying, I’m not sick, I’m not in the hospital. The assurance is that I’m well, I’m not sick,” Boakai said.

Below is the full interview:

Boakai is one of the major challengers to incumbent President George Weah.

The former vice-president has over 40 years of experience serving in government under his belt including as an agriculture minister from 1983 to 1985 under President Samuel Doe before becoming Liberia’s 29th vice president from 2006 to 2018.

As a minister, he oversaw the programme to decentralise agriculture by creating regional hubs – a major project in Liberia, where many people are subsistence farmers.

Boakai comes with extensive public sector experience, having previously served in managerial positions in the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) and Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC) in the early 80s.

In the lead-up to the elections, Boakai’s Unity party has entered an alliance with former warlord-turned-Senator Prince Johnson and his Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction party who hold sway in populous Nimba county. He has also received endorsements from influential opposition politicians such as Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence.

The election will take place on 10 October 2023.

 

 

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