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Population: 5.56m
GDP: $4.75bn
Debt: 56.5% of GDP (2024)

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The men to follow Ellen

Its choice of candidate gives the Unity Party an uphill climb to win the presidency in 2017

Observers are examining Liberia's record on gender equality. No woman has appeared on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's list of potential successors and she has said she wants the ...

Ghost workers stalk the payrolls

A damning USAID report into institutionalised corruption and ‘ghost workers’ has been widely ignored since it was leaked in late March

The report draws devastating conclusions about the deep roots of corruption and blames public servants 'at all levels'. Revelations include a statement that 4,100 schools do not ex...

Family business under pressure

The persistence of charges of nepotism and revelations about public sector corruption are threatening the President’s image and legacy

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has never shied away from appointing her children and relatives to public office when she thought it right. Opposition objections were often muted b...

The price of peace

Ouattara’s government has been paying Liberian mercenaries to keep a truce, while others are on trial in Monrovia. It is proving a major political headache in Liberia

Côte d’Ivoire’s Great West region has been the site of deadly violence since civil conflict followed President Alassane Dramane Ouattara’s election victory ...

Mid-term blues

The President’s final term of office is half-way through: it is a time of uncertainty, realignment and anxious looks towards the future

The rumour which flashed around Monrovia late last year that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had died was a harbinger of unsettled times ahead. As she reaches the midpoint in her l...

Feted and berated

Few doubt the President’s achievements but she is unpopular at home and persistent governance problems irk Western donors and the UN

In 2005, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf inherited a battered country with no infrastructure and an annual budget of US$85 million. The budget she signed on 19 October stands at $5...

Taylor goes down alone

Taylor loses his appeal against war crimes conviction as governments demand changes in international courts

The Special Court for Sierra Leone's confirmation on 26 September of the 50-year sentence for war crimes of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, comes as African govern...

Eclipse of the son

The pressure would not let up. Human Rights Watch, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General Karin Landgren and a chorus of domestic voices clamoured for Presi...

Concessions clear the way for Bong Mine

Activists won better terms for local communities from the Chinese investors in mine and railway works

Protestors celebrated a victory in September after China Union, Wuhan Iron and Steel Corporation and the China-Africa Development Bank agreed to employ more local people and do mor...

Clashes but Sime Darby deal goes ahead

Sime Darby's rubber and palm-oil plantation wins backing from community leaders after facing NGO opposition. An attractive rehousing plan may have helped

Despite falling foul of local communities and environmentalists, in late June Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby finally won approval to cultivate rubber and palm oil on 5,000 hec...

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