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Vol 51 No 19

Published 24th September 2010


Liberia

Critics, crooks and credibility

The opposition girds itself to challenge President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the international darling, in next year’s elections

The enthusiastic reception accorded to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the United Nations summit this week must come as a welcome relief from the political roughhouse in Monrovia. Although Johnson Sirleaf, a sprightly 72, can be certain of strong international backing as she prepares to run for a second term in the elections due in October 2011, she may have mixed feelings about another tough six-year term in the Executive Mansion. There are no plans to replace Vice-President Joseph Boakai, 66, but many favour a younger running mate. We hear that former human rights activist and current Minister of Public Works Samuel Kofi Woods, 46, is a favoured candidate.

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