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Liberia President George Weah reverses country’s vote against U.N. Gaza ceasefire resolution

December 20, 2023
George Weah
George Weah

Liberian President George Weah has stepped in to overturn his country's earlier vote against a U.N. resolution advocating for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, according to the West African nation's information ministry.

, the sole African state and one of ten countries out of the 193-member U.N. General Assembly, initially rejected the ' December 12 call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire between and Hamas militants, despite support from 153 countries.

The information ministry clarified that the Liberian diplomats responsible for the vote acted without President Weah's endorsement, emphasizing that Weah has consistently advocated for peace on the global stage.

“Weah has always stood on the side of peace across the world,” the ministry stated in a release.

In response to this turn of events, the Liberian foreign ministry has formally requested the U.N. General Assembly to reverse its ‘NO' vote and register a new vote in favour of the Gaza ceasefire.

Before the U.N. vote, President Weah wrote to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in November, urging him to “exercise… restraint and consideration for civilians who are the real victims of the ongoing crisis,” as reported by the information ministry.

President George Weah, a former international soccer star, is set to conclude his presidency after losing a re-election bid in November.

Despite allegations of , his graceful acceptance of electoral defeat has raised hopes for a smooth transition of power in Liberia, a nation that has faced volatility in the past.

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