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ECOWAS Cautions Against Premature Victory Declarations in Liberia’s Election

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has issued a stern warning to candidates participating in Liberia’s recent elections, cautioning them against making premature declarations of victory and pledging to take action against those who incite violence. This advisory comes as Liberia awaits the outcome of its elections, which took place on October 10, where voters decided whether to re-elect football legend George Weah for a second presidential term, alongside electing members of the new parliament. The final results will be announced within two weeks of the vote.

In a statement posted on its website, ECOWAS expressed concern about recent attempts by some Liberian stakeholders to declare premature victories or exert undue pressure on the National Elections Commission (NEC).

While acknowledging the peaceful conduct of the election day in Liberia, ECOWAS reminded political parties and their leaders of their commitments under the revised Farmington River Declaration on peaceful electoral processes, an agreement endorsed by the ECOWAS Commission and the United Nations.

The ECOWAS Commission emphasized the need for all Liberian stakeholders to adhere to democratic principles, as outlined in the Liberian Constitution and relevant laws, as well as ECOWAS legal instruments, including the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.

Moreover, ECOWAS warned all stakeholders, including political leaders, the National Elections Commission, and Liberia’s security services. The regional bloc, along with the African Union (AU) and the international community, made it clear that they would hold these stakeholders accountable for any actions that might lead to violence and instability in the nation.

A run-off will be held in early November if no candidate secures an absolute majority in the election.

ECOWAS, comprising 15 West African countries, has faced several regional political crisis since 2020, including military coups in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, and Niger. As such, it is particularly keen on ensuring peaceful and credible electoral processes in its member states, like Liberia, to prevent further regional destabilisation.

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British Airways Flight Grounded in Lagos Due to Technical Fault

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– British Airways flight delayed due to technical fault
– Passengers stranded at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos
– Airline apologizes and re-accommodates passengers on other flights

A British Airways flight scheduled to depart for London from Lagos was delayed due to a technical fault, causing confusion and frustration among passengers.

The flight, which was scheduled to depart at 10:50 pm on Wednesday, June 19, was eventually canceled after 1:00 am, leaving many stranded.

However, most passengers have been re-accommodated on other flights, while the remaining affected passengers have been lodged in a hotel with their meals catered for since Wednesday.

According to a passenger, the airline is working hard to book the remaining customers on a flight as soon as possible.

The Regional Commercial Manager for Nigeria and Ghana, Mrs. Tutu Otuyalo, confirmed the development and apologized for the delay.

“We have been in contact with our customers to apologize for the delay to their flight, caused by a technical issue with the aircraft,” she said. “The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do.”

In addition, Mrs. Otuyalo assured that the majority of customers have been re-accommodated on other flights, and the team is working hard to book the remaining customers on a flight as soon as possible.

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Celeste Arantes, Mother of Brazilian Soccer Icon Pele, Dies at 101

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– Celeste Arantes, Pele’s mother, passes away at 101
– Pele’s eldest son, Edinho, pays tribute to his grandmother
– Arantes taught Pele the value of love and peace from a young age

Celeste Arantes, the mother of Brazilian football legend Pele, has passed away at the age of 101, her family announced in a statement on Friday.

Accordingly, Pele’s eldest son, Edinho, took to social media to pay tribute to his grandmother, saying “Rest in peace, grandma” and sharing a heartfelt photo of them together.

Moreover, Arantes gave birth to Pele when she was just 17 years old and went on to have another son, Jair, who passed away in 2020.

In a tribute to his mother on her 100th birthday, Pele wrote on Instagram, “From a young age, she taught me the value of love and peace.”

Additionally, Pele shared three photos of them together at different stages in his life, showcasing their strong bond.

 

 

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