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Sirleaf set to win second term in Liberia

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Sirleaf set to win second term in Liberia


With counting underway in Liberia’s presidential run-off the incumbent Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to win after her rival for the job withdrew.

Opposition candidate Winston Tubman pulled out calling for a boycott, citing electoral fraud.

Turn out was reported low with independent observers saying many voters had stayed away for fear of further violence.

On Monday in the run-up to the election, clashes between government troops and Tubman supporters left at least two people dead.

With a low turnout Johnson-Sirleaf risks having a weak mandate for a second term.

Talking to reporters the president expressed regret at the recent violence saying an investigation had been launched and action would be taken.

Monday’s violence reflected the country’s long established communal tensions. The poll is the first locally-organised presidential election since a civil war ended in 2003. Liberia is one of the world’s poorest countries and some 14 years of war has left its infrastructure in ruins.

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