Margaret Tor-Thompson

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Margaret Tor-Thompson
Born 9 September 1962
Died April 4, 2007(2007-04-04) (aged 44)
Monrovia, Liberia
Citizenship Liberia
Alma mater World Harvest Theological Seminary
Known for FAPL presidential candidate in the October 2005 elections

Dr. Rev. Margaret Tor-Thompson (9 September 1962 – 4 April 2007) was a Liberian politician and member of the Freedom Alliance Party of Liberia (FAPL). She has completed her doctorate in Biblical Studies.[1][2]

Tor-Thompson had her early education in Saint Mary's Elementary & Junior High School, William R. Tolbert High School, St. Theresa's Convent and the American Cooperative School. She graduated in nursing in the United States of America, from nursing at Loma Linda University and received her doctorate from the World Harvest Theological Seminary on Bible studies.

She was the FAPL presidential candidate in the October 2005 elections and was placed 13th out of 22 candidates, receiving only 0.9% of the vote. She was one of three female presidential candidates in the election, with oen of them, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf went on to winning the election. She died of breast cancer at Bushrod Island on 4 April 2007.

Early life

Tor-Thompson had her early education in Saint Mary's Elementary & Junior High School and high school education in William R. Tolbert High School, St. Theresa's Convent and the American Cooperative School. She graduated in nursing inn the United States of America, from nursing at Loma Linda University. She received her doctorate from the World Harvest Theological Seminary on Bible studies.[3] Tor-Thomspson was a registered nurse, Christian educator and author. She served as the Chief Executive Office (CEO) for Non-governmental organisations like Women of Might among Nations (WOMAN) and also Voice of Liberia.[4] She was married to Dr. Charles Thompson and they have four daughters and two sons.[3]

Political career

Tor-Thomson was the Freedom Alliance Party of Liberia (FAPL) presidential candidate in the October 2005 elections. Her political manifesto in her own words was "I would make sure that the responsible people are prosecuted; that people understand the consequences; send out a clear-cut message that we will no longer tolerate crime with impunity".[5] She was one of the three female presidential candidates in the election. She secured 8,418 out of total 1,012,673 votes to secure 0.9 per cent of the mandate and securing 13th position.[6] The elections saw a set of candidates like Alfred Reeves and George Kiadii along with her campaigning on fundamentalist Christian platform and were less successful.[7] Her party could not win any seat in the Senate or House of representatives.[8]

In late April 2007, it was reported that she died of breast cancer – the death certificate confirmed the cause and indicated that she died at Bushrod Island on 4 April 2007.[9]

Notes

  1. ^ Elections and Voting Behavior: The Case of the 2005 Liberian Elections (Report). GVSU.edu. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Margaret Tor-Thompson profile". Guide 2 Women Leaders. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Presidenial Candidate 2014". Smolec.pl. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  4. ^ Human Rights First 2005 p. 7
  5. ^ Human Rights First 2005 p. 17
  6. ^ "2005 Election Results, President and Vice-President Election". National Elections Commission, Republic of Liberia. 20 October 2005. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  7. ^ Gerdes, Felix. Civil War and State Formation: The Political Economy of War and Peace in Liberia. p. 195.
  8. ^ "GNN Begins Nationwide Opinion Poll For Liberia's Pending Presidential election In 2017". GNN Liberia. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Liberia: Margaret Thompson Died of Breast Cancer". The Inquirer. 28 May 2007. ISBN 9783593398921. Retrieved 23 October 2016.

References

  • "STAR radio News Bulletin". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2010. Rev. Dr. Margaret Thompson said the presence of Liberian Lawmakers in Ghana grossly undermines the sovereignty of the state.
  • "Perspectives Of Liberian Presidential Candidates On Accountability For Human Rights Abuses" (PDF). Human Rights First. 2005. p. 7. Retrieved 23 October 2015.

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