Subdued! -Ellen Fights to Rescue Damaged Legacy

epa02176202 Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf gestures as she speaks with US President Barack Obama (not seen in the picture) during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 27 May 2010. According to a White House news release, Obama would discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual importance with Sirleaf. EPA/ALEX WONG/POOL

Departing President Ellen Johnson is no doubt experiencing the most troubled moment of her political career as she struggles to repair her damaged image as a traitor.

The ruling Unity Party on Jan. 13, expelled Johnson Sirleaf for “sabotage and undermining the party’s the 2017 presidential campaign and supporting the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change.

The vote to expel Johnson Sirleaf and three other party officials including the Secretary General of the Mano River Union Mrs. Medina Wesseh is rooted in several violations of the party’s constitution and other acts inimical to the existence and reputation of the party, a statement issued Sunday in Monrovia after UP’s National Executive Committee reached the decision said.

According to the Associated Press President Sirleaf has rejected her expulsion from the governing party as illegal, saying she will appeal the decision.

The Unity Party’s executive committee voted Saturday to expel the 79-year-old president, accusing her of violating the party’s constitution by refusing to support Vice President Joseph Boakai in elections. Boakai lost to soccer star George Weah in a Dec. 26 runoff vote.
Sirleaf has denied accusations she supported Weah.
Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, speaking for the president, on Tuesday said her expulsion from the party was illegal. He said a small fraction of the party’s executive committee instituted the action and didn’t follow the party constitution.
He said Sirleaf will urge the party to reverse its decision to expel her after Weah’s inauguration on Jan. 22.