Liberia’s foreign minister to stand against only female senator


Jonathan Paye-Layleh BBC News, Monrovia

Liberia’s influential minister of foreign affairs has resigned in order to take on the lone female member of the senate in December’s senatorial elections.

Gbehzohngar Milton Findley will stand against Nyunblee Karnga Lawrence, the only woman in the 30-member senate.

Mr Findley has been hurriedly selected as the choice of the ruling party of President George Weah.

Representing Liberia’s second oldest county, Grand Bassa, in the senate, Mrs Lawrence lost her husband, a Member of the House of Representatives, two years ago in a road accident.

Equal rights activists are concerned there’s a possibility Liberia will return to the tradition of having an all-male senate – something they say will not bode well for Mr Weah’s claim of being a “feminist-in-chief” fighting for women’s political participation.