Liberia’s run-off election to go ahead after court verdict

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Liberia’s supreme court has said that final rounds of voting between the two leading candidates, George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai, can go ahead after Liberty party’s candidate Charles Brumskine, who came third in the first round, had challenged the result.

The electoral commission will now set a new date for the delayed vote after the apex court ruled that evidence of fraud during October’s first round of presidential elections was insufficient to merit a re-run.

November 7 was earlier selected for the second round of voting that will present the successor to President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson.

The West African nation has not had a smooth transition of power for 73 years. Sirleaf Johnson took over from former president, Charles Taylor in 2006, after Taylor was forced out of office by rebels in 2003.

Charles Taylor is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence in the UK for war crimes related to the conflict in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

 

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