Liberian court halts elec­tion runoff

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

Liberia’s supreme court or­dered a halt to this week’s sched­uled runoff elec­tion amid al­le­ga­tions of fraud in the first round. The for­mer foot­baller Ge­orge Weah had been due to go head-to-head with Joseph Boakai, the coun­try’s deputy pres­i­dent. Both are vy­ing to take over from Ellen John­son Sir­leaf as her 12 years in power come to an end.

A successful vote would be Liberia’s first demo­cratic trans­fer of power in over 70 years. But the Supreme Court’s or­der for a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tions could push back the runoff date by weeks or even re­sult in a re­run of the first round.

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