Liberia: Sirleaf Needs to Use Powers to the Fullest | allAfrica
By: Gilles Yabi
Liberia has come a long way from the bloody civil wars that raged from 1989 until former president Charles Taylor left office in 2003.
In less than a decade, two credible elections have been held, the last in November. But Taylor’s imprisonment for war crimes in Sierra Leone has done little to help with reconciliation. Indeed, Liberians remain divided, and by some of the problems that plunged the country into conflict.
Corruption, nepotism linked to oil contracts, impunity; a security sector in disarray; high youth unemployment; and flaws in the election laws have polarised society and corroded politics. Unless President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf uses her limited powers to the fullest to reconcile the nation more insecurity beckons.
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