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Liberia President Sirleaf Cleared for Re-Election Bid

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been cleared to run for re-election in next week’s presidential poll, despite failing to meet the constitution’s residency requirement. The Liberian Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed a case against Sirleaf, her main challenger Winston Tubman, and five other top candidates. Liberia’s constitution says candidates must be a resident in the […]

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US Official Confident of Free, Fair Elections in Liberia

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. ambassador to Liberia says she believes the country’s election officials will be able to hold a free and fair vote in polls scheduled for next week. Linda Thomas-Greenfield told VOA she is confident Liberians will choose voting over violence. But the envoy said the U.S. is concerned about possible unrest. She urged political […]

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Watchdog Warns of Oil Corruption in Liberia

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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An international watchdog is warning that corruption is already rampant in Liberia’s oil sector — even before any oil has been discovered. Global Witness said Monday government officials and at least one company have paid bribes to get contracts approved. The report also accuses the government of giving oil concessions to companies with little or […]

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Watchdog Warns of Oil Corruption in Liberia

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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An international watchdog is warning that corruption is already rampant in Liberia’s oil sector — even before any oil has been discovered. Global Witness said Monday government officials and at least one company have paid bribes to get contracts approved. The report also accuses the government of giving oil concessions to companies with little or […]

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UN, Ivory Coast Increase Military Presence at Liberia Border

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 3:36 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations and Ivory Coast are sending more troops to patrol the West African nation’s border with Liberia after a deadly clash there killed at least 23 people. Ivory Coast military spokesman Alla Kouakou told reporters Monday the death toll from the attack last week includes at least 19 civilians. Officials and residents are […]

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UN Extends Peacekeepers Mission In Liberia Another Year

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 1:28 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution to keep peacekeepers in Liberia for another year and stressed the supporting role the force will play in next month’s presidential and legislative elections. The Council’s decision means the 9,200 member U.N. peacekeeping mission in Liberia will remain in the west African nation through next September. […]

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UN Says Ivory Coast Refugees Returning Home

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nation’s refugee agency says 70,000 Ivorians who fled the post-election violence in their country have now returned home. The agency says the refugees returned to western Ivory Coast on their own accord in recent months. More than 173,000 Ivorians are believed to have crossed into Liberia following last November’s disputed election and the […]

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Liberian Voters Reject Referendum Measures

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Liberia say voters rejected all four proposed changes to the country’s constitution in a recent referendum. An election commission official announced Wednesday that none of the proposals recieved the two-thirds majority needed to pass. The most controversial change would have reduce the number of consecutive years a presidential candidate must have resided in […]

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Low Turnout in Liberian Referendum

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Election officials in Liberia reported low voter turnout on Tuesday in the country’s disputed constitutional referendum. Liberians decided on four proposed amendments to the constitution. The most controversial change would reduce the number of consecutive years a presidential candidate must have resided in Liberia, from 10 to five. Other proposed changes would delay the presidential […]

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Error in Liberian Referendum Ballot Causes Confusion

Posted August 23rd, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Liberian election officials have acknowledged there is an error on ballot papers for Tuesday’s constitutional referendum. Voters were supposed to choose between two retirement ages for Supreme Court justices: 70 or 75. But the ballot papers list the two choices as 75 and 75. Election commission officials blame the situation on a printing error. They […]

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