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All eyes on the kingmakers: Liberia’s presidential election

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Next month, Liberians will go to the polls to vote in a new government and leader. The election will mark the end of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s 12 years in office. In 2005, Sirleaf became the first elected female African leader, as Liberia transitioned back to democracy from its devastating civil conflict. Sirleaf has played a central role in helping to stabilise a country which had torn itself apart for the best part of two decades, destroying a once promising-if-small economy which in the 1970s matched the income per capita of Japan.

Despite Sirleaf’s positive international image, for many ordinary Liberians, her government has fallen short of expectations, suffering from poor governance, cronyism and corruption. This note explores the outlook for the upcoming elections and Liberia’s future beyond Sirleaf.


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Roddy Barclay is Head of the Intelligence and Analysis team at africapractice. In this role, he heads up a team of political risk analysts and business consultants operating across the continent. Roddy has been advising businesses investing and operating in Africa for over eight years. He works closely with our team of consultants across the continent to deliver advisory support on managing political and regulatory risk, and broader stakeholder relations.

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