Monday 18 December 2017
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - The head of the Ecowas 71-member election observation mission to Liberia, John Mahama has described the October 10 presidential and parliamentary elections as largely free and fair. In a statement in Monrovia on Wednesday, Mr. Mahama said Liberians had seized the opportunity to exercise their sovereign right to decide who leads them in a mature and orderly manner that has vindicated the confidence of the international community in the process. “This mission believes thus far, that with the environment in the lead up to the elections, voting day activities, sorting and counting of the ballots, Liberia is on track to achieve a credible poll,” Mahama, who is Ghana’s immediate-past President said as he read the mission’s preliminary...
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - The opposition Liberty Party of Counselor Charles Walker Brumskine has on Thursday alarmed that the October 10 presidential election was fraught with fraud and irregularities. The party has therefore called on the election outfit, National Elections Commission to suspend its planned announcement of provisional results today until it presents its findings to the commission. "If NEC does not cooperate with our request, we will take the appropriate legal action," Liberty Party National Chairman, Benjamin Sanvee, said. The Alternative National Congress (ANC)...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/12/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West Africa is most at risk of fatal haemorrhagic fever epidemics, including Ebola, researchers said on Wednesday, calling for greater preparedness to save lives. A study in The Lancet medical journal assessed the likelihood of four viruses - Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and Crimean-Congo - spreading on the continent, charting progress from a first human case through to a potential pandemic. The world’s worst recorded Ebola outbreak ravaged Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone between 2013 and 2016, killing about 11,300 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The viruses, which are often transmitted by rodents and bats, can cause fever, vomiting and bleeding, are often fatal. By mapping high risk areas, African nations can better...
(APA 10/11/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - Liberia’s presidential election is heading for a second round run-off vote with the two leading contenders, VP Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party and the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change candidate, George Weah locked in a stalemate as the vote-counting continues into Wednesday. 20 candidates are running to replace 78-year-old Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female president who had ruled post-war Liberia since 2005. It will also be the first time a democratically elected government transfers power to another through election since 1947. Under Liberian electoral law, a presidential candidate must poll over 50 percent of the overall vote to avoid the exercise reaching a second round.
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
Counting was under way in Liberia on Wednesday following a peaceful poll that will determine President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's successor after 12 years and complete a historic democratic transfer of power. The first official results in the presidential and legislative elections are expected on Wednesday afternoon from the National Elections Commission (NEC), which has already suggested that turnout was high. Some voters who appeared at the wrong polling station or were registered more than once were unable to cast their ballot, the NEC has said without putting a figure on those affected, triggering concern from political parties. The nation's 2.18 million registered voters made their choice...
(RFI 10/11/17)
Ce 10 octobre, les bureaux de vote ont ouvert à l'heure, à 8h pile, à Monrovia au Liberia pour ce jour d'élections générales : des législatives et une présidentielle pour élire le successeur d'Ellen Johnson Sirleaf qui ne peut pas se représenter. Vingt candidats sont sur les rangs pour un scrutin qui s'annonce serré. Ce 10 octobre au matin, à Monrovia, au Liberia, un électeur résumait le sentiment général : « Je suis très fier d’avoir voté pour notre numéro un, je suis un citoyen de ce pays et j’ai le droit de vote », explique-t-il. « Nous prions pour que nos meilleurs candidats l’emportent, poursuit-il, que tout se passe bien et qu’il n’y ait pas de violence » après...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/17)
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Thousands lined up at polling booths in Liberia’s capital on Tuesday for their first democratic transfer of power in 73 years in a vote haunted by a savage civil war that ended in 2003. Many Liberians on Tuesday praised 78-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for keeping peace since the dark days of the 14-year conflict when gangs of drugged child soldiers wearing ammunition belts marauded through the streets. Yet, while preparations have been peaceful, a former rebel leader Prince Johnson is one of the 20 candidates and an ex-wife of warlord Charles Taylor, now in a British jail, is the running mate of one of the favorites, former soccer player George Weah. Unlike neighboring...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Liberians head to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new president in a contest set to complete the country's first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years. After a campaign hailed for a vibrant and violence-free debate, the small West African nation's 2.18 million registered voters will begin casting their ballots between 8am (0800 GMT) and 6pm (1800 GMT). With Africa's first female elected head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, stepping aside after a maximum two terms, Liberians will choose from a crowded field of 20 candidates, although just one of them is a woman. "The future of the country is in your hands, no one is entitled to your vote, not because of party, ethnicity, religion...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday urged peaceful elections ahead of the vote to replace her after 12 years in power, exhorting citizens to respect the outcome regardless of the winner. Tuesday's elections will represent the first democratic transfer of power in the small west African nation since 1944, and with no clear frontrunner the stakes are high. "Go to the polls peacefully," Sirleaf said in a short speech broadcast on state television, seated behind a desk. "We all must respect the outcome of the election as declared by the National Elections Commission." Sirleaf has largely absented herself from the campaign trail, even though her Vice-President of 12 years standing, Joseph Boakai, is running to replace her as she...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Following are key points in Liberia's presidential and legislative elections on Tuesday: - US model - Africa's first republic was founded by freed slaves from the United States and retains many similarities with the US political system, though there are significant variations. Presidential and vice-presidential candidates run on a joint ticket for six-year terms. Voters will also elect 73 seats to the House of Representatives (lower chamber), also for six years. No race will be held for the Senate (upper house) this year. Elections are overseen by the autonomous National Elections Commission (NEC). - Run-off - Liberia operates a two-round voting system for presidential elections. If no single candidate gets more than 50 percent of votes in the first round,...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Liberians go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new president after 12 years under Africa's first elected female leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Here are five points that have defined the campaign: - Sirleaf steps aside - Sirleaf unexpectedly swept the vote in 2005 and was re-elected in 2011, and is widely commended for maintaining peace following horrific back-to-back civil wars (1989-2003) which killed an estimated quarter of a million people. Sirleaf's legacy matters both for the symbolism of her victory and because her vice president for both terms, Joseph Boakai, is a front-runner this year. He will be judged on his record in her government. Critics accuse Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, of failing to improve ordinary...
(The Associated Press 10/10/17)
Liberians gathered in masses under the bright sun Tuesday to vote in an election that for the first time in more than 70 years will see one democratically elected government hand power to another. As Africa’s first female president prepares to step aside, there are fears that if the results aren’t accepted the tensions and violence of Liberia’s past could rise again. “This election now is crucial and important because as you can see the peace is very fragile right now and we need a smooth transition from one government to another,” said Stevera Toh, a 32-year-old accountant. “So we have to vote wisely and make the right decision for our country, our kids and generations.” Toh was among thousands...
(Bloomberg 10/10/17)
Liberians vote Tuesday to choose a new legislature as well as a president to replace Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from among 20 candidates who include a retired soccer star, a former warlord and a wealthy chicken farmer.
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria contracted by 1.6 percent in 2016, but is predicted to grow by 0.8 percent this year and 1.9 percent next year. The IMF said Nigeria was benefitting from "recovering oil production and ongoing strength in the agricultural sector", but the...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah will never have a more realistic chance of winning the Liberian presidency than on Tuesday October 10 when some two million of his compatriots go to the polls to replace Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Of all the contenders for president, his candidacy is seen as the one that poses the most credible threat to Vice-President Joseph Boakai's chances of succeeding Sirleaf, rendering the race too close to call as the clock ticks inexorably to Election Day. Political pundits in Liberia say it is now or never for Weah, whose best shot at the presidency could never have...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - The Embassy of the United States of America in Liberia has appealed to Liberians to remain peaceful and respect the democratic process before and after the 10 October presidential and legislative elections in the west African country. “While this is a time to engage in vigorous debate, exchanges should be civil and should take place in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect,” the embassy said in statement on Monday. The 10 October polls begin a historic process towards the first peaceful transfer of power in Liberia from one democratically-elected head of state to another since 1944. The United States applauds Liberia’s successes in holding electoral contests in 2005, 2011, and 2014, and trusts that Liberians will continue...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - Liberia’s main airport in Monrovia will be closed to air traffic on the eve of the country’s landmark presidential and parliamentary elections for repair works on its runway. The Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) said in a statement on Sunday that it will shut the Roberts International Airport on October 9, to resume second phase rehabilitation work on its runway. According to the LAA, the rehabilitation will also include the installation of new aeronautical ground lighting systems. “In view of this development, and in consultation with the airlines, the runway will be closed to air traffic on Monday through Thursday, beginning on October 9” the LAA statement said. It said the alternative way to enter Liberia during the...
(AFP 10/08/17)
Liberians head to the polls on Tuesday to elect a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, with hopes for a leader who will kickstart the economy and safeguard a fragile peace. Sirleaf will step down after 12 years at the helm of Africa's first republic, whose back-to-back civil wars (1989-2003) and Ebola crisis (2014-16) have stunted growth and left Liberia among the world's poorest nations. Twenty candidates are vying to replace Sirleaf, with footballing icon George Weah, incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai, longtime opposition figure Charles Brumskine and soft drinks millionaire Alexander Cummings considered front-runners. Just one woman is seeking to follow Africa's first elected female head of state -- model-turned-humanitarian MacDella Cooper -- but she has near-zero chance of...
(AFP (eng) 10/07/17)
Liberian presidential candidate George Weah on Friday denied contact with ex-leader Charles Taylor as controversy erupted over the former warlord's alleged behind-the-scenes role in the country's politics. After stepping off a helicopter on his return to the capital, Monrovia, from a nationwide tour ahead of elections on October 10, Weah categorically denied speaking with Taylor, who is serving a 50-year prison term in Britain for war crimes and crimes against humanity. "I am not in contact in Charles Taylor, I repeat, I am not," Weah told AFP and France 24 journalists. The BBC quoted him this week as saying he had taken a phone call from Taylor recorded in January. Weah's vice-presidential pick is Taylor's ex-wife, Jewel Howard-Taylor, who told...
(AFP (eng) 10/06/17)
Dressed in identical printed skirts, a hundred Liberian women knelt in prayer after another long day in three weeks of fasting, appealing once more that their country be spared of violence. Ahead of elections next Tuesday, women of all ages are gathering from dawn to sunset on a roadside close to the party headquarters of several presidential candidates. Their daily injunction for peace echoes the female activism that helped end Liberia's civil wars, which ran back-to-back from 1989 to 2003. The success of their non-violent protests propelled the bloodied West African state into the world headlines and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for one of its leaders. "We led the process in 2002 and 2003 for the Liberian women's mass...

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