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UN intervenes to stop violence before Liberia election

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UN intervenes to stop violence before Liberia election

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Up to four people have been killed in clashes with police ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election in Liberia.

Supporters of the main rival to the incumbent, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, claim security forces attacked them, leaving four people dead – though this figure cannot be confirmed.

UN peacekeepers did drive back police, who fired tear gas and live ammunition before storming the challenger’s party headquarters.

This marks another day of violence in the capital Monrovia, before the November 8 run-off.

However, CDC candidate Winston Tubman says he will boycott Tuesday’s vote, due to allegations of electoral fraud in the first round. The October ballot has been internationally recognised as free and fair.

Incumbent president Johnson-Sirleaf remains the favourite. The Nobel prize winner won the first round with nearly 44 per cent of the vote and has since persuaded the third place candidate to support her.