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Violence on eve of Liberian presidential run-off

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Violence on eve of Liberian presidential run-off


At least one person has been killed in Monrovia as Liberia prepares to go to the polls in a presidential run-off on Tuesday.

Its reported Liberian police stormed the headquarters of challenger, Winston Tubman in the capital but were driven back by UN peacekeepers.

Tubman has alleged irregularities in the first poll last month and is set to boycott the run-off and wants it to be postponed.

“The impact on the region is huge if we were to descend into chaos again. The whole cycle would begin again, confusion in neighbouring countries, people running away, tension in the country. This would be far more costly in the long term than if we were to delay the election for a month.”

President and Nobel peace laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who polled nearly 44 per cent to Tubman’s 33 per cent in the first round is hoping for a second term.

International election observers said the October poll was mostly free and fair while the USA is among critics of Tubman’s decision to boycott Tuesday’s run-off.

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