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Population: 4.40 mn.
GDP: $2.07 bn.
Debt: $0.54 bn.

The opposition claims President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is more interested in ensuring that her successor after the 2017 polls will come from her Unity Party than in post-Ebola planning and reconstruction. The defeat of her son, Robert, by football star George Weah in the Montserrado County senatorial election has boosted the opposition.

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Ellen calls the shots

The President is unpopular but she dominates the country's political scene and will influence the selection of her successor in 2017

It hasn't all been plain sailing. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's government was rocked by the social and political side-effects of the Ebola epidemic, with some in the country o...

Whose line is it anyway?

Two major mining companies are locked in combat over access to the railway line to export iron ore

The giant iron and steel producer ArcelorMittal has dragged Guinea and Liberia into its quarrel with Sable Mining over access to the rail export route. The line runs from Yekepa, i...

State’s oil role under fire

Amid criticism for a lack of transparency, the oil industry is still dogged by corruption claims

December's law governing the oil sector has not prevented it from attracting the attention of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC). Ten arrest warrants were issued late la...

Uneasy peace on the border

The volatile frontier between the two countries is far from calm. A defecting guerrilla warns of possible trouble ahead

United Nations' investigators have warned the UN Security Council that Ivorian and Liberian fighters opposed to Côte d'Ivoire's President Alassane Dramane Ouattara are likely...

Oil blocks and shocks

Questions are arising about irregularities in contracts and the state’s fitness to manage the hydrocarbons sector

As bidding opens on four offshore oil exploration blocks and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf signals that long-awaited petroleum legislation is imminent, the National Oil Company o...

The men to follow Ellen

Its choice of candidate gives the Unity Party an uphill climb to win the presidency in 2017

Observers are examining Liberia's record on gender equality. No woman has appeared on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's list of potential successors and she has said she wants the ...

Ghost workers stalk the payrolls

A damning USAID report into institutionalised corruption and ‘ghost workers’ has been widely ignored since it was leaked in late March

The report draws devastating conclusions about the deep roots of corruption and blames public servants 'at all levels'. Revelations include a statement that 4,100 schools do not ex...

Family business under pressure

The persistence of charges of nepotism and revelations about public sector corruption are threatening the President’s image and legacy

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has never shied away from appointing her children and relatives to public office when she thought it right. Opposition objections were often muted b...

The price of peace

Ouattara’s government has been paying Liberian mercenaries to keep a truce, while others are on trial in Monrovia. It is proving a major political headache in Liberia

Côte d’Ivoire’s Great West region has been the site of deadly violence since civil conflict followed President Alassane Dramane Ouattara’s election victory ...

Mid-term blues

The President’s final term of office is half-way through: it is a time of uncertainty, realignment and anxious looks towards the future

The rumour which flashed around Monrovia late last year that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had died was a harbinger of unsettled times ahead. As she reaches the midpoint in her l...

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