Liberia’s Sirleaf awarded Ibrahim leadership prize

Liberia’s Sirleaf awarded Ibrahim leadership prize

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been named recipient of the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the Ibrahim Foundation announced Monday. The prize is a USD$5 million award paid over 10 years with $200,000 annually for life thereafter, with an optional and additional $200,000 per…

Liberia’s Johnson Sirleaf expelled from her own party

Liberia’s Johnson Sirleaf expelled from her own party

The Unity Party (UP) in Liberia has expelled outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from party membership, following allegations during the 2017 election cycle that she worked against Joseph Boakai, her own party’s candidate and vice president. Johnson Sirleaf was one of four people removed from party membership, according to a…

Liberia court ruling postpones Tuesday’s runoff, calls for inquiry

Liberia court ruling postpones Tuesday’s runoff, calls for inquiry

The presidential runoff election planned for Tuesday in Liberia is postponed until further notice, following a Supreme Court decision that directs the National Election Commission to investigate complaints originally filed by Liberty Party candidate Charles Brumskine. The court’s decision at the eleventh hour follows accusations made in the wake of…

Can George Weah lead Liberia?

Despite its turbulent history, marred by civil war and the 2014 Ebola epidemic, Liberia should be on the verge of experiencing the first peaceful transition of power in 73 years. With President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stepping down after two terms, former international football star and now Senator George Weah, 51…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Uneasy Gambians wait as ECOWAS heads meet with Jammeh, #Barrow

In The Gambia, the political crisis caused by President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept results of the December 1 elections continued Tuesday, but none of the day’s developments appeared to bring the West African nation any closer to a resolution. A delegation of regional heads of state, including Nigerian President…

UN calls on Liberia to end harmful cultural practices

Senior United Nations officials have called upon Liberia to further prevent harmful cultural practices that can result in death. The UN News Centre reported that these “deadly human rights violations” masquerade as cultural practices. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, “Liberia’s human rights obligations…