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Vol 51 No 10

Published 14th May 2010


Liberia

A second term for Sirleaf

Old alliances and enmities are re-emerging as the leading candidates launch their campaigns for next year’s national elections

Burnishing a stellar international reputation, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is steeling herself for a tough campaign for a second presidential term in elections next year. Since winning power in 2007, President Sirleaf has been held back by the weaknesses of her political support base at home. Successful at winning international financial support and investor interest, Sirleaf and her immediate circle of technocrats have never looked entirely comfortable amid the cut and thrust of Monrovia politics.

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