Liberia’s President Calls For Peaceful Process As Campaigns Begin

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

(Globe Afrique) — Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged Liberians to ensure a peaceful and transparent election process as several presidential candidates begin campaigning Tuesday to replace Africa’s first democratically elected woman president.

President Sirleaf, who has led the West African country for 12 years, worked to restore economic stability and maintain peace in a nation recovering from prolonged civil war. During her 12 years rule, the country experienced and went through the deadly Ebola crisis as well as widespread official and organized corruption and nepotism at all levels of government, including at the presidency.

Among those running in the October 10 election are the vice president of the ruling Unity Party, Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai and two of the men President Sirleaf faced during Liberia’s last vote in 2011, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former president of the Liberian senate and soccer legend and Montserado County’s senator George Manneh Weah.

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Source: Globe Afrique Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.