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Vol 51 No 23

Published 19th November 2010


Liberia

Musical chairs in Monrovia

Some presidential friends are taken aback to discover they have lost their jobs in a sweeping pre-election reshuffle

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s decision to send all but one of her cabinet on ‘administrative leave’ was heavily influenced by her son Robert A. Sirleaf, say Monrovia insiders. Robert is Special Advisor to the President and some see him as shadow Prime Minister. After the President announced that she wanted to start with a ‘fresh slate’, saying that complacency had set in, ministers had to leave their government cars behind, wondering if they’d see them again.

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