Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf appealed for honesty on Tuesday as her war-racked West African country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) began its public hearings. ''I call upon all Liberians to respond to the TRC when they are invited,'' Johnson-Sirleaf said at the start of proceedings in an opening ceremony in Monrovia.
One year after taking the helm of a country torn by 14 years of war, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is winning praise for her efforts to restore the rule of law in Liberia, and for standing up to world steel giant Arcelor Mittal. The rights group Human Rights Watch says Johnson-Sirleaf is slowly but steadily restoring hope to the nation of 3,5-million people.
One of Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's promises the day she took the oath of office in January was to urgently restore the electricity supply to the capital where power was cut off 16 years ago during the war. Among the ''key objectives and deliverables in the first 150 days of our administration'' is the restoration of electricity to Monrovia'', she said on January 16.
Thousands of residents fled Liberia's second-largest commercial city of Ganta after hundreds of young men from the Mano ethnic group attacked homes of the rival Mandingos early on Wednesday, an Agence France-Presse reporter in the town witnessed.
Twelve years after rebels butchered thousands in tiny Kpolopkpalah in central Liberia, Martha Yarkpawolo spends her days sitting on the rock where so many were slain, singing sorrowfully. The trauma is still fresh for survivors of one of Liberia's worst wartime massacres.
Liberian politicians who fled into exile as a bitter war raged in the West African country are set to dominate the country's first post-war Cabinet, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's appointments have shown. Of the 19 ministers Johnson-Sirleaf has already named, only six lived in Liberia before last year's watershed elections.
Newly elected to the Liberian Parliament, the estranged wife of Liberia's notorious former president Charles Taylor believes that attempts to bring him before the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone would open a Pandora's box.
Hopes that former Liberian president Charles Taylor's party would perform well on his behalf have been dashed by early results from last week's vote, which could undermine his vow to return to Liberia instead of facing war-crimes charges. Taylor remains a mythic figure in his war-ravaged country two years since he fled into exile.