Saturday 21 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is,...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberian former soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai were comfortably ahead in partial presidential election results announced on Saturday, and look set to contest a run-off next month. Weah and Boakai lead the 20-candidate field to succeed Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in what would be Liberia’s first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years. Weah received 39.2 percent of roughly 1.2 million ballots cast in nearly three-quarters of polling stations, ahead of Boakai, who had 29.6 percent of the vote...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Former international footballer George Weah and Liberia's Vice President Joseph Boakai will face a runoff for the country's presidency on November 7, the electoral commission announced on Sunday. With tallies in from 95.6 percent of polling stations, Weah took 39.0 percent of the votes and Boakai 29.1 percent, both well short of the 50-percent barrier required to win outright from the first round of voting held on Tuesday. Whoever wins the second round of voting will replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female head of state, who is stepping down after a maximum of two terms. National Elections Commission chairman Jerome Korkoya told journalists that 1,550,923 votes...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
President Ellen Sirleaf's vice president since 2005, Joseph Boakai has campaigned as a natural transition candidate after helping to ensure peace has prevailed in Liberia since back-to-back civil wars. Boakai will face former footballer George Weah in a runoff for the presidency on November 7, and is trailing the former footballer in the majority of the country. Boakai presents himself as an everyman who transcended his humble beginnings, and has attempted to craft a more energetic image after earning the...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
George Weah, 51, emerged from Liberia's slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has leveraged his status as a revered figure among young people in his second run for the presidency. Now Weah has a confirmed place in the runoff round against incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai on November 7, the result of 12 years spent seeking to build political credibility to match his huge popularity. The first African player to win both FIFA's World Player of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Former soccer star George Weah was set to win the first round of a presidential election in Liberia after the elections commission said on Sunday he was leading with 39 percent of votes and less than 5 percent of precincts still to be counted. He will face Vice President Joseph Boakai, who was in second place with 29.1 percent, in a second round poll next month. Boakai was more than 280,000 votes ahead of the third placed...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/17)
Former football star George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai on Saturday edged closer to competing in a run-off vote for Liberia's presidency, with three quarters of polling stations counted. Weah now commands 39.2 percent of votes cast and counted while Boakai has taken 29.6 percent, the chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Joseph Korkoya told journalists in Monrovia. If no single candidate gains more than 50 percent of the vote, a run-off will be scheduled in November between...
(APA 10/13/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - Provisional results announced by the Liberian National Elections Commission (NEC) suggest that retired footballer George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is leading after polling 44.4 percent of the votes ahead of his main rival of the ruling Unity Party (UP) Vice President Joseph N. Boakai who collected 33.1 percent. Making the announcement at the headquarters of the NEC headquarters late on Thursday, the Chairman of NEC, Mr. Jerome Korkoya, said that the results received...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Liberian presidential candidates George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai dominated partial tallies released by the country's electoral commission on Thursday, but the results showed the vast majority of votes are yet to be counted. Political parties have expressed concern over polling-day hitches on Tuesday that have caused significant delays to the results, with one party calling for a halt to the ballot counting. Weah and Boakai are expected to top the first round of voting, according to analysts, though former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings is considered to have eaten into their support...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Liberian presidential candidates George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai dominated partial tallies released by the country's electoral commission on Thursday, but the results showed the vast majority of votes are yet to be counted. Political parties have expressed concern over polling-day hitches on Tuesday that have caused significant delays to the results, with one party calling for a halt to the ballot counting. Weah and Boakai are expected to top the first round of voting, according to analysts, though former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings is considered to have eaten into their support...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Liberia on Thursday awaited the delayed announcement of the outcome of presidential elections as international observers called for the results to be released promptly to avoid stoking tension. Political parties have expressed concern over polling-day hitches on Tuesday, with one calling for a halt to the ballot count. Footballing superstar George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai are expected to top the first round of voting, according to analysts, though former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings is considered to have eaten into their support with an innovative campaign strategy. If no candidate wins 50 percent of the presidential vote, a run-off between the top two contenders will be held on November 7...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/12/17)
MONROVIA (Reuters) - One of Liberia’s leading political parties called for a halt in announcing the result of Tuesday’s presidential election, citing irregularities in the vote. The Liberty Party, whose candidate Charles Brumskine was considered a front-runner to take over from Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said it would consider taking legal action if the National Elections Commission (NEC) did not act on its demands. The NEC was originally expected to release preliminary results on Thursday. “The Liberty Party is deeply troubled by the discovery of numerous incidents of irregularities and fraud that occurred during the elections,” Liberty Party national chairman Benjamin Sanvee said in a statement.
(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...
(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)...
(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...
(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,...
(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,...
(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...

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