Libeia: US could impose sanctions on opposition 'trouble makers'
Liberian media reports, quoting sources at the US State Department, speak of plans to impose travel ban and other sanctions on Liberian opposition leaders, who would undermine the country’s post war democratic transition.
A leading Liberian newspaper and online website, Frontpageafrica quotes American official sources as saying, that the US could be forced to use its unilateral ability to place the main opposition CDC candidate Winston Tubman, a holder of U.S. Green Card and others on travel ban, assets freeze, revoke of residency status.
Tubman reportedly holds a U.S. Permanent Residency or Green Card.
According to Frontpageafrica, the planned American action to impose sanctions on some Liberian opposition politicians could be based upon the breach of ECOWAS Protocols, and if Tubman and others have become a “hindrance to the peace process.”
Meanwhile, US Congressman Jesse L. Jackson of Illinois has sent a congratulatory letter to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in which he made a veil threat to opposition politicians.
"The United States will hold accountable any and all political leaders and their supporters seeking to undermine Liberia's peace and democracy by all means available, including the possible use of multilateral and bilateral sanctions.
"It is now more important than ever that the United States continue to work with Liberia's elected leaders and stand by the Liberian people as they move to complete their journey into post conflict success, and sustain the path toward social stability and economic prosperity," US Congressman Jackson said.Tweet