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Vol 52 No 20

Published 7th October 2011


Liberia

Ellen wants first-round win

The President must take over 50% of the vote in the first round to avoid a far more difficult contest in the second

The battle for the soul of Africa’s oldest republic is raging, with a war of words and dirty tricks between the governing Unity Party (UP) and the other 15 political parties contesting presidential and parliamentary elections on 11 October. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has neutered or won over political enemies and is doing everything she can to avoid the presidential contest going to a second round. That would mean a tough fight, probably with Winston Tubman and his running mate, George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).

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