Liberia

Sirleaf gets ex rebel support


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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been gifted the support of third placed candidate Prince Johnson in the presidential second round runoff on 8th November.

The final tally of votes gave Sirleaf of the Unity Party 43.9% of the vote and Winston Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) 32.7%.

Prince Johnson came in third with 11.6% of the vote.

Johnson gave the reason for his decision to AFP as being more likely to avoid prosecution for war crimes under Sirleaf than Tubman. Johnson was videoed drinking a can of beer whilst he ordered his men to cut off the ears of former president and dictator Samuel Doe. Doe was tortured and then killed and his body paraded around the capital.

Under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, which Sirleaf has not implemented, Johnson would be tried at The Hague International Criminal Court for his crimes.

Tubman may still enter into negotiations with Johnson to secure his support.

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