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Liberia: Anxious wait for Sirleaf’s successor


Tuesday elections a landmark event by all accounts

By Nsikan Ikpe

There is an anxious wait all over Liberia and beyond for the outcome of Tuesday’s Presidential and House of Representatives elections that will choose, among others, a replacement for outgoing President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Some 2.1 million registered voters are expected to participate in the polls which is Liberia’s first real attempt since 1944 to transfer power from one democratically elected president to another.

On the ballot and in contention for the office of President of the West African nation are 20 contenders that include the popular former footballer, George Oppong Weah and incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai. Bookmakers say one of both could get it.

Maverick warlord and serving Senator, Prince Yormie Johnson is also in the race to which the regional grouping, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS has already deployed an Elections Observer Mission led by former Ghanaian president, John Mahama.

The elections would also be the third to be conducted since the end of the Liberian Civil War.


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