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Vol 46 No 21

Published 21st October 2005


Liberia

Penalty shoot out

Soccer star George Weah kept his election lead and the dealmakers are hard at work

In the second round of the presidential election, due on 8 November, Liberians must choose between ex-AC Milan striker George Manneh Opong Weah and former United Nations Development Programme official and banker Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. With 95 per cent of the votes counted from the first round on 11 October, soccer star George Weah was ahead with 28.8 per cent and Johnson-Sirleaf second with 20 per cent. International observers (and most Liberians) thought the poll free and fair but that hasn't stopped third-placed lawyer Charles Walker Brumskine (13.9 per cent) from contesting the results.

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