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Vol 49 No 20

Published 3rd October 2008


Liberia

Graft never really went away

Revelations of grand corruption in mining and shipping contracts embarrass the government

Liberia's government, foreign diplomats and United Nations officials say that Liberia is a nation reborn. War is over, corruption is being rooted out and under the two-and-half year rule of Africa's first elected female head of state, democracy is becoming entrenched. Prosperity for all will surely follow. These optimistic officials can often be found ploughing through platters of fresh raw fish at one of Monrovia's two sushi bars, where dinner costs more than an average Liberian's monthly wage.

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