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After winning over 90 percent of Tuesday's presidential runoff boycotted by her challenger Winston Tubman, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has invited her political opponents and other citizens to a national dialogue, in order to unite the country.
The Carter Center election observer mission to Liberia says the deadly clashes on the eve of the polls and the boycott by the opposition candidate “suggest a significant failure of the political process to resolve electoral disputes peacefully within the framework of the law.”
Polls kicked off as a one-horse race, because Winston Tubman of the main opposition CDC party challenging incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had decided to boycott Tuesday’s Presidential runoff election.
But as it went, voters cast their ballots for both candidates.
The ECOWAS election observer mission in Liberia urges Liberians to display patriotism and responsibility, in order to ensure respect for order and discipline during this critical phase of the country’s history, as it gives thumbs up to Tuesday's presidential runoff election.
Police in Liberia are investigating what caused a fire that partly damaged one of Liberia’s oldest private radio stations, amidst suspicion that the blaze was deliberately started.
But the Manager of Radio ELWA, run by a Christian evangelical mission, SIM, said he believed Tuesday night fire was arson and the work of “the enemy”.
“I think Liberians want peace, they want their basic needs met, and that will be our obligation and our commitment,” said Liberian incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when she cast her vote in the one-horse race presidential runoff election on Tuesday.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Bert Koenders, on Tuesday met with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan
Voting has begun in Liberia's presidential run-off despite at least one death during opposition protests Monday
and a boycott over fraud claims by opposition candidate, Lawyer Winston Tubman.
The UN peacekeeping Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has confirmed that there was at least one death in Friday's violence in Monrovia, involving security forces and supporters of the main opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), on the eve of the November 8 presidential runoff election.
''There are reports from our people on the ground of several injuries and some casualties. At this point I can confirm one casualty, says Yasmina Bouziane, Spokesperson of the UN peacekeeping force.
A prominent Liberian human rights lawyer, Dempster Brown has taken the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS and incumbent President to task for insisting that the presidential runoff election goes ahead on November 8 without weighing the constititutional and political implications of a boycott by the main opposition CDC party.