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Vol 53 No 3

Published 3rd February 2012


Liberia

A low-key second term

The President promises an inclusive government to foster national unity and prevent unrest

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lowered the political temperature, preaching political reconciliation and pledging strong commitment to the nation’s youth after a worthy but uninspiring inauguration ceremony and a series of ministerial appointments that suggest bland continuity. She has sought to keep down expectations and political temperatures by announcing cabinet appointments in dribs and drabs. The opposition has been trying to defuse tension, and the defeated candidates for the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Winston A. Tubman and George Manneh Weah, featured prominently at the inauguration on 16 January.

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