Charles Taylor’s Wife Jewel Howard-Taylor Announces Presidential Bid

Former Liberia War-lord Charles Taylor’s Wife Jewel Howard-Taylor Announces Bid For The 2017 Liberia Presidential Elections.

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Former Liberia war-lord Charles Taylor’ last words on his way to Nigeria, He told µLiberians “God’s willing, I will be back,” Taylor said these words to his supporters as some form of comfort while other Liberians who were opting for his departure also still remember those words to date. Taylor eventually left for asylum in Calabar, Nigeria from where he was capture and transferred to the United Nations backed International criminal Court for Sierra Leone before later going to The Hague in Netherlands to face trial for acts committed during the Sierra Leonean Civil war. He is now serving 50 years jail terms.

But while serving his 50 years sentence, his presence is still visible in Liberia. His estranged former wife Jewel Howard-Taylor has won two successive senatorial elections in one of the populous counties in Liberia, Bong, heavily relying on her husband’s popularity.

Bong was the headquarters of Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and later became the home of the former Liberian leader after he won general and Presidential election in 1997. It was in Bong that Taylor had his farm and spent his weekends. Jewel, still bearing the Taylor’s name, has been able to fend off stiff competition from several prominent individuals from Bong County winning two elections and it seems the former first lady is pushing further with her political ambition, announcing her bid for the presidency of Liberia in 2017.

Until Charles Taylor became very popular in Liberia, Jewel was not a household name in Liberian politics but her former husband’s popularity, which was also shown during the 2011 general and Presidential elections when individuals from the National Patriotic Party (NPP) won several senatorial seats, is still strong.

Declaring her Presidential intention, Jewel said she will contest the upcoming presidential elections but added that she is also leaving her options open for President or vice President post. She boasted of her numerous contributions in allowing peace to prevail in Liberia, stressing, “Liberians will be happy to see another female becoming a President of this nation. I have all of those credentials to become President.”

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