AU, ECOWAS intervene in bid to avert looming polls crisis in Liberia
The African Union and regional body ECOWAS are trying to prevent a political crisis in Liberia. The Supreme Court has suspended next week’s presidential run-off between former football star George Weah and current Vice President Joseph Boakai. Third-placed Charles Brumskine and his Liberty Party have filed papers with the court alleging fraud in the first round. But observers say the vote was credible. The ruling Unity Party is supporting the legal challenge. It’s accused outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of interfering in the October vote by holding private meetings with electoral magistrates. Johnson-Sirleaf denies the claims. African Union chairperson Alpha Conde, meanwhile, is calling for calm.
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