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Liberian general election likely to see first peaceful transfer of power for decades despite presidential run-off requirement

06 October 2017


Liberians will choose a successor to two-term President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on 10 October, as well as members of the new House of Representatives.

A total of 20 presidential candidates have been declared for an election that is expected to see the first peaceful transfer of power between leaders since 1944. Although Sirleaf’s vice-president throughout her tenure, ruling Unity Party candidate Joseph Boakai, is widely seen as the front-runner, a second round on 7 November is a virtual certainty as the winning candidate needs to score more than 50%. The voter registration exercise was judged credible by observers and candidates alike.

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