Liberian leader expelled from governing party following presidential election defeat

Outgoing President Sirleaf expelled from own party

Liberian leader expelled from governing party following presidential election defeat

Liberia's outgoing ruling Unity Party has expelled President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for alleged breach of the party's constitution.

. The statement added that Sirleaf had violated party rules, by meddling in the elections and failing to support the party's presidential candidate.

The 79-year-old who became Africa's first democratically elected president in 2005, did not react to such claims.

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According to a UP release signed by the Assistant Secretary General for Public Outreach, Mohammed Ali, the vote for her expulsion was taken as a result of several violations of the party's constitution and other "acts inimical to the existence and reputation of the party".

There were also rumours that she secretly supported the candidacy of the President-elect, George Weah, who ran on the platform of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change.

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Sirleaf was also accused by party leaders of meddling in the presidential elections in which its candidate suffered a bruising defeat alleging that she held inappropriate private meetings with election magistrates before the October 10 vote.

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