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Liberia's Johnson-Sirleaf ahead on early vote count

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Liberia's Johnson-Sirleaf ahead on early vote count


Partial results from Liberia’s second presidential poll since a civil war have put newly-named Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the lead.

The incumbent, Johnson-Sirleaf has won nearly 45 per cent of the votes counted so far, well ahead of her nearest rival, ex-UN diplomat Winston Tubman.

But the first tally points to her falling short of the overall majority she needs to avoid a second round run-off.

Observer groups say they have received no reports of trouble during the election. It is seen as a test of Liberia’s progress since the 1989-2003 civil war which killed nearly a quarter of a million people and left infrastructure in ruins.

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