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Vol 53 No 8

Published 13th April 2012


Liberia

Keeping it in the family

The President rejects charges of nepotism after appointing her eldest son to head the state oil company

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has unleashed a storm of controversy by appointing three of her sons and a nephew to important jobs in government. Most attention centred on her eldest Robert Sirleaf, 54, whom she named to chair the National Oil Company of Liberia (Nocal) in February. Robert is his mother’s closest advisor and is sometimes described as Liberia’s de facto prime minister. He threatened in February to return to the United States, where he had a career as a banker, if he were not made chair of Nocal, says a source close to the First Family.

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