Liberia

Monrovia (AFP) Liberia’s Vice-President has quietly occupied the executive backseat for 12 years, but in light of electoral fraud he believes snatched away his chance at the presidency, Joseph Boakai is unleashing himself. Known as Sleepy Joe for his propensity to fall asleep at public events, the second-in-command to Africa’s first elected female leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is suddenly wide awake and unafraid to speak out. “There are a lot of irregularities, we believe, most of them really calculated to make this election go the way it went,” charges Boakai,Read More
Monrovia (AFP) The extraordinary delay in electing Liberia’s new leader amid claims of electoral fraud is entrenching existing divides between the candidates and outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as voters wait nervously for a resolution. The Supreme Court will decide on Monday the fate of a presidential runoff vote originally scheduled for November 7, either by setting a new date or prolonging it indefinitely until a legal complaint by the opposition Liberty Party is resolved. The runoff, to be contested by former international footballer George Weah for the Coalition forRead More
Monrovia (AFP) Liberia’s Supreme Court on Friday said it would decide next week whether a runoff vote for the presidency will go ahead, after hearing arguments from an opposition party and the electoral commission. Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said the court would issue a decision on Monday at 10am (1000 GMT) over whether the runoff between former international footballer George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai would proceed. However, most observers agree the scheduled date of November 7 now looks near-impossible. Charles Brumskine, who came third in an October 10Read More
Monrovia (AFP) Liberia’s supreme court has delayed until Friday a hearing on the country’s disputed presidential election, increasing the likelihood that an impending runoff vote will be delayed. A court spokesman told AFP late Wednesday that the hearing, which will challenge the electoral commission’s handling of the first round of the elections on October 10, would not take place on Thursday as planned for procedural reasons. It will now take place on Friday at 2pm (1400 GMT), the spokesman said on Thursday. Former international footballer George Weah and incumbent ViceRead More
Monrovia (AFP) The Liberian opposition politician who has lodged a legal complaint against the country’s election commission on Thursday called for its commissioners to be replaced, citing their actions during a disputed presidential election. Charles Brumskine came third in an October 10 presidential election and immediately alleged fraud and irregularities tainted the vote. He filed a Supreme Court legal case this week that threatens to derail a November 7 runoff vote between former international footballer George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai, called after neither man gained more than 50Read More
Monrovia (AFP) The presidents of Guinea and Togo held mediation talks Wednesday with all sides involved in Liberia’s disputed election, following a Supreme Court announcement it would summon the country’s electoral commission to explain alleged fraud and irregularities. Liberia’s top court has reviewed a legal complaint backed by three political parties and found “constitutional issues raised” by the electoral commission’s actions during an October 10 presidential election, it said on Tuesday. A Supreme Court hearing on the issue is set for Thursday at 9am (0900 GMT). The legal complaint wasRead More
Monrovia (AFP) Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday hit back at claims by her own vice-president that she had interfered in the election to choose her successor by meeting polling officials at her residence. Vice-President Joseph Boakai came runner-up to former international footballer George Weah in the October 10 presidential election, triggering a runoff round as neither man won a majority of the votes. The ruling Unity Party, backing Boakai, said on Sunday it would join two other parties in lodging complaints with the National Elections Commission (NEC) overRead More
Monrovia (AFP) Ex-warlord Prince Johnson on Thursday announced his support for former football star George Weah in the runoff for Liberia’s presidency next month. “I am calling on my supporters to join me in supporting George Manneh Weah for the presidency,” Johnson said at a press conference in Monrovia. Johnson, head of the Movement for Democracy and Reconciliation (MDR), picked up 8.2 percent of the vote in the first round of voting on October 10. Weah, who won 38.4 percent, will face Vice President Joseph Boakai, who had 28.8 percent,Read More
Monrovia (AFP) On a weekday morning in Cecelia Dunbar school, a bumpy hour’s drive from Liberia’s capital, a group of seven-year-olds concentrate on their maths lesson, seated at individual wooden desks. Children at schools like Cecelia Dunbar read and count at a level improved by 60 percent from a year ago — proof, according to the government and private education companies, that a bold experiment for one of the world’s worst education systems has succeeded. “The approaches that each of the providers are bringing in are showing results,” said ChristinaRead More
Monrovia (AFP) Liberian parties began internal talks on Monday on whether to back former international footballer George Weah or incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai in a runoff for the presidency. Weah obtained 39.0 percent and Boakai 29.1 percent of votes cast on Tuesday with 95.6 percent of polling stations counted, triggering a second round to be held on November 7. But three other candidates took a significant share of votes. Veteran opposition leader Charles Brumskine picked up 9.8 percent, former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings 7.1 percent and former-warlord-turned-preacher Prince JohnsonRead More