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US joins calls for Liberia to hold presidential run-off

Monrovia - The US embassy in Liberia on Thursday expressed "confidence in the integrity" of first-round voting in the country's presidential election, urging political leaders to allow a "timely conclusion" of the vote.

'Election was designed to be rigged': Liberian vice-president

Monrovia - 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.

Liberia court indefinitely delays presidential vote

Monrovia - The Supreme Court on Monday indefinitely delayed a vote for Liberia's new president, ordering the electoral commission to resolve an opposition party's complaint of electoral fraud before a runoff vote can be held.

Liberia holds breath as court rules on presidential vote

Monrovia - Liberians nervously awaited a Supreme Court ruling Monday on the timing of a runoff presidential vote after the process was thrown into uncertainty by fraud allegations.

Liberia's election delay divides already tense nation

Monrovia - 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.

Red Cross admits $6-million fraud during Ebola crisis

Geneva - The Red Cross has uncovered several cases of fraud by officials during efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-2016, estimating losses of $6-million (5.2 million euros).

Red Cross admits $6-million fraud during Ebola crisis

Geneva - The Red Cross has uncovered several cases of fraud by officials during efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-2016, estimating losses of $6-million (5.2 million euros).

Supreme Court considers fate of Liberia presidential runoff

Monrovia - 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.

Liberia court delays vote hearing till Friday

Monrovia - 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.

Togo, Guinea leaders mediate deepening Liberia election dispute

Monrovia - 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 irregulariti...

Liberia's Sirleaf hits back at vote 'interference' claims

Monrovia - 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.

Liberia ruling party backs challenge to election result

Monrovia - Liberia's ruling party on Sunday announced a formal complaint against the electoral commission over the outcome of the October 10 presidential poll, days before a runoff involving its candidate, Vice-President Joseph Boakai.

Former Liberian warload backs Weah in Liberian runoff

Monrovia - Ex-warlord Prince Johnson on Thursday announced his support for former football star George Weah in the runoff for Liberia's presidency next month.

George Weah: from football pitch to presidential palace?

Monrovia - 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.

Weah and Boakai edge towards Liberia presidential run-off

Monrovia - 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.

Weah leads Boakai in race for Liberia presidency

Monrovia - More partial figures released by Liberia's electoral commission Friday showed former footballer George Weah ahead of incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai as they battle for the presidency.With 33.

Liberia awaits results in problem-hit vote to replace Sirleaf

Monrovia - Counting was under way in Liberia on Wednesday amid reports of problems during a peaceful vote to determine President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's successor after 12 years.

Liberians usher in new era with high-stakes presidential vote

Monrovia - Liberians turned out in force on Tuesday to choose a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a contest set to complete the country's first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years.

Sirleaf urges Liberians to respect vote result

Monrovia - 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.

Prayers and flamethrowers: Liberia's raucous rallies

Monrovia - Liberia's presidential campaign neared its close on Sunday with a quiet day of prayer, but campaigning in the west African nation is not for the faint-hearted -- or those sensitive to noise.

Liberians choose new president as Sirleaf steps aside

Monrovia - 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.

Liberian women hold mass fast for peaceful elections

Monrovia - 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.

With Sirleaf, Liberia's glass ceiling cracked but failed to shatter

Monrovia - Liberia's female politicians profess near-universal respect for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as she steps down after 12 years as president -- but many also say the glass ceiling that Africa's first female leader cracked remains firmly in place.

Charles Taylor's ex-wife refused bail over torture charges

London - A British court on Friday denied bail to an ex-wife of jailed former Liberian president Charles Taylor, ahead of her trial on charges of torture during his rebellion.

Liberia's Sirleaf to campaign for female candidates in election

Monrovia - Liberia's outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she will actively campaign for the handful of female candidates contesting elections in October, while her male vice-president seeks to replace her.

Paintwork: young Liberians slap on any message you want

Monrovia - Standing in sweltering heat for hours at a time, painted head-to-toe in the colours of the tax authority, Emmanuel Howard has become a fixture at traffic junctions in Liberia's capital Monrovia.

Home beckons across the border for exiled Ivorian children

Katiola - Hurbain Souomi was only five years old, but he still remembers the day he trekked 50 kilometres (30 miles) across the border into Liberia to escape gunfire strafing his Ivory Coast village."There was shooting everywhere.

Netanyahu woos West African leaders at Liberia summit

Monrovia - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday joined West African leaders at a summit in Liberia, where they hailed peacekeeping efforts in the region but warned about threats to stability.

Tycoon, striker or banker: Liberia seeks a new president

Monrovia - A football superstar, a former warlord and a soft drinks millionaire have thrown their hats into the ring for the post of Liberian president as Africa's first elected female leader prepares to step down.

Liberia tests mystery illness after 11 unexplained deaths

Monrovia - Liberia said Friday that samples from people struck down by a mystery illness are being tested abroad after 11 unexplained deaths, though Ebola has been ruled out.
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