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Vol 38 No 16

Published 1st August 1997


Liberia

Blood under the bridge

Taylor threatened war if he lost the poll - now it's reconciliation with no questions asked

The surprise was not Charles Taylor's victory in the 18 July elections but the scale of it: he won over three-quarters of the votes; his nearest rival, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, won less than 10 per cent. The other contestants came nowhere. Taylor had made it clear that, if he didn't win, he would start fighting again. From the beginning it was Taylor versus the rest.

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