Joseph Boakai: Can Liberia’s deputy leader succeed his boss?

(BBC News) – Joseph Boakai’s tenure as Liberia’s vice-president will be remembered as a period of uninterrupted peace – no small feat in a country torn apart by years of civil war.

Unfortunately for Mr Boakai, he will also be remembered for an apparent tendency to fall asleep during official functions, leading some to call him “Sleepy Joe”.

He, of course, vigorously denies this: His face may look sleepy, he says, but he’s not actually asleep.

But Mr Boakai is hoping to put the latter behind him as he enters the final days of the 2017 election, and his attempt to follow in the footsteps of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president he has served loyally for the last 12 years.

It is no easy task: While he and Mrs Sirleaf may have overseen a period of peace, it has not brought with it the much-needed prosperity Liberians were hoping for.

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Source: BBC News 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.