On June 23, organizers estimate that more than 250,000 protesters in Prague gathered to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
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Liberian Leader Tested by Mass Anti-Government Protest
Thousands of protesters gathered Monrovia, marking Liberia’s largest anti-government demonstration since George Weah became president in early 2018.
Liberia Police Charge Son of ex-Leader in Banknote Scandal
Liberian police charged 61-year-old son of country’s ex-president, Ellen Johnson, in connection with banknote scandal worth millions of U.S. dollars.
Liberian Journalists Alarmed over Government ‘Hostilities’
Journalists in Liberia sounded alarm on press freedom after two ministers mounted attack on a paper that ran an article about alleged top-level corruption.
Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins African Ibrahim Prize
Former Liberian president Sirleaf won the rarely-awarded Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
The incredible story of Liberia’s departing President Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize as a champion of women’s rights, is stepping down after making history as Africa’s first elected female president in Liberia. Taking the reins of a nation that had just emerged from a civil war leaving an estimated 250,000 dead, Sirleaf will be remembered for maintaining […]
President-elect George Weah: What’s next for Liberia?
A peaceful transition of power in Africa’s oldest republic is cause for optimism, according to analysts, but major challenges lie ahead for Liberia’s president-elect George Weah. A former international football star, Weah tapped into a yearning for change and widespread discontent to win this week’s presidential run-off in a landslide. Boosting the economy will be […]
Liberia’s George Weah Prepares to Form New Government
The soccer legend, now a politician, George Manneh Weah, is very hopeful that he would be declared winner of the December 26 Presidential Runoff. He’s already putting up a team “to go to the drawing board,” he said. Weah lost one Presidential election to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005. In 2011, going as a […]
From stardom to politics: some international precedents
Former international football star George Weah, who has won Liberia’s presidential run-off, follows several celebrities who have achieved the top job in their countries. However, only one sportsman — Hungary’s double Olympic fencing champion Pal Schmitt — has previously become president. Here are some precedents: – US: Reagan and Trump – B movie actor Ronald […]
Liberia to vote in delayed run-off for new president
Liberians choose a new leader Tuesday in a run-off between Vice President Joseph Boakai and footballing icon George Weah, a vote that will mark the country’s first democratic transition since 1944. After seven weeks of delays caused by legal complaints lodged by Boakai’s ruling Unity Party against the country’s electoral commission, polling stations are due […]