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Latest news from Liberia

LIBERIA: Poll authorities throw out Weah fraud claims

MONROVIA, 16 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Liberia’s national electoral commission on Friday threw out claims of massive fraud in presidential elections made by unsuccessful candidate and former football legend, George Weah. Full report

LIBERIA: Riots erupt as Weah claims presidency

MONROVIA, 12 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Former football superstar and loser of Liberia’s first post-war elections, George Weah, claimed the presidency this weekend in a series of rabble-rousing speeches that sparked rioting in the battered capital Monrovia. Full report

GHANA-LIBERIA: Liberian refugees still wary of returning home

BUDUBURAM CAMP, 9 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - If 32-year-old Darling Peah were to return to her native Liberia today, she would find a new president but she wouldn’t find her house, a job, or members of her family.Full report

GREAT LAKES: Returning refugees risk being displaced

NAIROBI, 6 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Tens of thousands of refugees in the Great Lakes region have started returning home, but without adequate support they could reignite conflicts and end up joining the millions of people displaced within their own countries, a senior UN official said on Tuesday. Full report

LIBERIA: No impunity for rapists, vows president-elect

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MONROVIA, 5 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who will be Africa’s first female president when she takes office in Liberia next month, on Monday promised no rapist would go unpunished during her tenure.Full report

GLOBAL: UN appeals for US $4.7 billion in life-saving aid

NEW YORK, 2 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The high US$4.7 billion price tag on the United Nations’ latest global appeal, is because there are currently a large number of humanitarian operations and natural disasters, according to Jan Egeland, the UN’s under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator. Full report

LIBERIA: President-elect begins four nation peace tour

MONROVIA, 29 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Seeking to shore up stability in the divided West Africa region, president-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Tuesday launched a week-long tour of Liberia’s neighbours to discuss peace. Full report

LIBERIA: President-elect Sirleaf offers olive branch to rival

MONROVIA, 24 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Liberia's president-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has congratulated her challenger, soccer legend George Weah, for an “impressive showing,” ignoring his charges of electoral fraud and promising to head an inclusive post-war government. Full report

LIBERIA: “Humbled” Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf confirmed Africa’s first female president

MONROVIA, 23 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Harvard-educated Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf stamped her name in the history books on Wednesday, when she was confirmed Liberia’s, as well as Africa’s, first female president.Full report

LIBERIA: Weah facing heat to concede defeat

MONROVIA, 22 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Pressure is mounting on George Weah, the former international football star and runner-up in this month’s presidential race in Liberia, to think of his country and concede defeat. Full report


IRIN Special Reports for Liberia

LIBERIA: IDPs begin to move home spontaneously

LIBERIA: UN peacekeepers arrive, but rebel gunmen stay on

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Liberia

GHANA-LIBERIA: Liberian refugees still wary of returning home

LIBERIA: President-in-waiting vows to revamp country

LIBERIA: Vigilante gangs patrol streets as police force rebuilds

LIBERIA: Generation of war-scarred youths yearn to turn the page with polls


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