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Liberia’s President George Weah Suspends Minister Over Ethnic Remarks

Liberian President George Weah on Monday suspended his junior press minister for stoking ethnic tensions in a country ravaged by tribalism and two civil wars which killed some 250,000 people.

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A statement from the presidency indicated that Weah suspended Eugene Fahngon over comments that a call for a big anti-government demonstration on June 7 engineered by the so-called “Congo Liberians,” or descendants of freed slaves who returned from the United States to found Africa’s first independent republic.

Weah and his government are “committed to a ‘one country, one people’ policy with zero tolerance on divisive politicking or tribalism,” the statement said.

On his Facebook post Fahngon said that “I will not go for the June 7 demonstration.It is the Congo people who are behind the June 7 demonstration.”

The US embassy also raised concerns by recent comments made in various forums which could impede Liberia’s progress.

“Those who promote through their words or deeds a Congo-Country divide do not have Liberia’s best interests or that of their constituents at heart, but rather appear motivated by personal ambitions or fears,” a statement said.

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