From first lady to vice-president of Liberia: meet Jewel Howard Taylor

By Mehdi CHEBIL| France 24|

© Seyllou, AFP | An electoral poster showing George Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor (R). Picture taken on December 29, 2017, outside of their campaign headquarters in Monrovia.

Jewel Howard Taylor is set to become Liberia’s next vice-president after her successful campaign alongside George Weah. She claims that she never knew about the atrocities ordered by her ex-husband, Charles Taylor, during Sierra Leone’s civil war.

When George Weah won the Liberian presidential election on December 26, 2017, his running mate Jewel Howard Taylor, became the most powerful woman in the country. The 54-year-old politician, former wife of ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor, had won her ticket to the vice-presidency. As jubilant crowds celebrated outside their campaign headquarters in Monrovia, Howard Taylor may have reflected on her first steps in politics exactly 20 years before, when she was the country’s first lady.

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