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Vol 48 No 6

Published 16th March 2007


Referee in a tug-of-war

The technocratic President is battling to keep her reforms on track and to outplay the kleptocrats and nationalists

Monrovia's political tug-of-war is getting tougher and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is in the middle as reluctant arbiter and sole referee. At one end of the rope, Liberia's political elite is closing ranks and demanding that the President keep the current cabinet in place. Jobs, money and even freedom from prosecution are at stake. At the other end, civic activists, Western diplomats and aid agencies want a cabinet reshuffle to end the political games that block reconstruction's progress.

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