Liberia’s Sir­leaf sad­dened af­ter Trump vic­tory

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

REUTERS/ Liberian Pres­i­dent Ellen John­son Sir­leaf said on Wed­nes­day she was sad­dened by the fact US vot­ers had not elected a woman pres­i­dent, and ex­pressed con­cern about what Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s pol­icy to­wards Africa would be.

Ellen Sir­leaf, the first woman to be elected a head of state in Africa, said: “We are ex­tremely sad­dened by this missed op­por­tu­nity on the part of the peo­ple of the United States to join smaller democ­ra­cies in end­ing the marginal­i­sa­tion of women.”

She said Liberia, a na­tion founded in the 19th cen­tury by freed Amer­i­can slaves, had a long and his­tor­i­cal re­la­tion­ship with the United States and she ex­pected that to con­tinue. “I’m wor­ried about trade deals for Liberia, for Africa,” Sir­leaf said.

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