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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Africa's First Female Elected Head of State Faces Ban

A Liberian war commission has called for Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the country's president, to be banned from office, accusing her of backing a rebellion 20 years ago.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission included Johnson-Sirleaf's name on a list of high-profile figures it accused of supporting a rebellion led by Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president.

"They should be banned from occupying public office for 30 years beginning the day of the passage of the report at the parliament," the commission said in a report.

Johnson-Sirleaf has yet to respond to the commission's allegations, but her spokesman, Cyrus Badio, said on Tuesday that she would study the report, the Reuters news agency said.

Africa's first democratically-elected female head of state, Johnson-Sirleaf, has previously admitted giving money to a rebel group led by Taylor, but said it was meant for humanitarian services.

link: Al Jazeera English - Africa - Liberian president faces ban call


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