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/ 8 January 2008

Liberia’s TRC panel begins public hearings

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.

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/ 14 January 2007

Johnson-Sirleaf shines in revitalising Liberia

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.

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/ 16 June 2006

Monrovia still in the dark despite power pledge

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.

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/ 15 February 2006

Liberia’s former exiles dominate new Cabinet

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.