The Democratic Alliance (DA) which started as a pressure group now wants to seek legal status as a full-fledged political party to vie for state power.
DA previously announced that they were not interested in taking state power but rather wanted to consolidate the opposition parties in Liberia.
But late yesterday, DA officials released a statement declaring that they and other leading opposition parties have resolved to consolidate their respective parties into a broadly based democratic coalition for the penning elections.
The statement quoted the DA as saying that Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) and the Liberia Destiny Party (LDP) have agreed to move toward with such efforts.
The political group which comprises mainly of former top officials of the Charles Taylor government said the new party when establish will be called the National Democratic Coalition (NDC).
The DA said their decision to form a political party comes after series of consultations and recommendations of its joint- technical working group chaired by Mr. Abraham Mitchell of the New Deal Movement and Senator Jewel Howard Taylor of the National Patriotic Party (NPP).
The statement from the DA said the parties have concluded that the new party registered with the National Election Commission (NEC) in keeping with the new elections law.
The DA which is commonly called “Billionaire Club” by many Liberians said they have also resolved for the new body to be called the National Democratic Coalition (NDC).
The release further quoted the DA as saying that the constituent political parties are also to ratify a protocol in accordance with the new elections Law and controlling internal regulation of those bodies on or before December 15, 2010.
The statement signed by the DA secretariat said the DA has at the same time established an interim administration to register the NDC and to also lead the party to its first national convention.
Those elected to top positions include Lewis Brown Chairman Ad-Interim of the NDC, Nathaniel McGill Acting National Vice Chairman for the Administration (LINU) and Dr. Cyril Allen Acting National Vice Chairman for Political Affairs (NPP).
Others elected also include Charles Davis, Acting National Vice Chairperson for Mobilization (LDP); Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Acting National Vice Chairperson for Research and Strategic Planning; and Jimmima Wolokolie, Acting National Treasurer.
The DA decision, according to the release, was reached in the presence of Ambassador Winston Tubman of the Liberia National Union (LINU), Ambassador Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson of the DA and former Liberian Ambassador to the Liberian Embassy in the United States Ambassador Nathanial Barnes who is also a ranking member of the Liberia Destiny Party (LDP).
Despite the latest pronouncement by the DA, it remains unclear as to who stands as the party standard bearer come the 2011 elections.