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Liberian mayor steps down under pressure

March 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

MONROVIA, Liberia, March 4 (UPI) -- The mayor of the capital of Liberia, who had sometimes allegedly acted outside the bounds of her office and the law, has resigned under pressure, officials say.

Mary T. Broh, the acting mayor of Monrovia, has earned the nickname "General Broh" for her occasionally aggressive actions to keep the city "clean and green," the Liberian newspaper The New Dawn reported Monday.

A two-paragraph statement from the office of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said Broh's letter of resignation "has been acknowledged and is being processed."

Broh had drawn heavy criticism for physically assaulting residents who violated city ordinances, demolishing private homes and businesses and disrupting religious gatherings.

In doing so, she had refused to answer even to the nation's lawmakers.

In the most recent incident, Broh and a group of women blocked officials from jailing Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Tee Kpaan for 72 hours on a contempt charge.

Broh allegedly attacked the sergeant-at-arms from the House of Representatives who was escorting the superintendent to prison. The mayor then whisked Kpaan away.

The president subsequently suspended Broh and Kpaan.

Broh was arrested last week and granted bail. That prompted a scuffle between state security forces and protesters who wanted the mayor to remain in jail.

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