Dr. Amos Sawyer, former interim president, passes away

The Late Dr. Amos C. Sawyer

Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer, a man whose crucial vantage point at the crossroads of various dimensions of Liberian history could be the subject of study for years to come, has died. He was 76 years old.

According to sources close to the family, Dr. Sawyer died of cardiac arrest in Maryland, USA, after having had two brain surgeries. He had just returned from the hospital on Tuesday, 16 February when he breathed his last the next day.

Dr. Sawyer was a Liberian academic, activist and politician. Highlights of his remarkable career included serving his country, Liberia, as interim president from 1990 to 1994. Before that, he ran for mayor of the country’s capital, Monrovia, as an independent candidate. Dr. Sawyer was a founding member of Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA) and established in 1983 Liberia People’s Party, As an academic, he worked as a Professor of Political Science at the University of Liberia. In December 1980, he was appointed dean of the College of Social Sciences and acting director of the university.

Amos Claudius Sawyer was a Liberian politician and academic who served as president of Liberia from 22 November 1990 to 7 March 1994. He was voted in by 35 leaders representing seven political parties and eleven interest groups. Wikipedia

Born: June 15, 1945, Sinoe, Liberia

Died: February 16, 2022

Nationality: Liberian

Party: Liberian People’s Party

Education: Northwestern University

Books: The emergence of autocracy in Liberia, MORE

Organization founded: Liberian People’s Party

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