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Vol 52 No 14

Published 8th July 2011


Liberia

Strategic electoral alliances

With four months to go to the presidential election, the atmosphere grows more tense

The starting gun for Liberia’s second free presidential election since the civil war was officially fired on 5 July. Early indications for October’s poll show that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf faces a tough and close contest to retain power. George Oppong Weah, who finished second in the 2005 presidential contest, will not stand in his own right but as the vice-presidential running mate of a former United Nations envoy to Somalia and scion of the Americo-Liberian elite, Winston A. Tubman.

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