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Sirleaf son sues papers for nepotism story

Sirleaf son sues papers for nepotism story

MONROVIA, Nigeria, April 6 (UPI) -- A son of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sued two newspapers over published criticism of his appointment as chairman of a state-run oil company.

Africa land grabs 'could cause conflicts'

FREETOWN, Liberia, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The stampede by wealthy states for arable land across Africa and other developing regions could trigger a series of conflicts.
Ivory Coast at peace, president says

Ivory Coast at peace, president says

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Though the country faces a wide variety of challenges, today the Ivory Coast is a nation at peace, the country's president said from Abidjan.

Three women receive Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Three women were awarded Nobel Peace Prizes Saturday at the Nobel ceremonies in Oslo.

Liberia's Sirleaf vows to go 'extra mile'

MONROVIA, Liberia, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said she needs to go "the extra mile" to promote peace given her recent Nobel prize.
Sirleaf wins with 90.8 pct of votes

Sirleaf wins with 90.8 pct of votes

MONROVIA, Liberia, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was re-elected with 90.8 percent of the vote in an election boycotted by her opponent, Winston Tubman.
Reconciliation job No. 1 in Liberia

Reconciliation job No. 1 in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- With incumbent Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf all but guaranteed a victory, her spokesman said the country must chart a path of reconciliation.
Post-election protests in Liberia?

Post-election protests in Liberia?

MONROVIA, Liberia, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- More protests were planned in Liberia as counting gets under way for votes in the country's runoff election, a vice presidential candidate said.
Yemen's Saleh a war criminal?

Yemen's Saleh a war criminal?

PARIS, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A Yemeni activist and co-winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize said Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh should be tried as a war criminal.
Liberian president expected to win runoff

Liberian president expected to win runoff

MONROVIA, Liberia, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to win re-election in a runoff vote with former justice minister Winston Tubman, political observers said.
Violence mars eve of Liberian runoff vote

Violence mars eve of Liberian runoff vote

MONROVIA, Liberia, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Police fired tear gas on opposition backers in Liberia as Washington warned a threat of an election boycott would put the country on a dangerous path.

Liberian presidential candidate pulls out

MONROVIA, Liberia, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Liberian presidential nominee Winston Tubman said he will not take part in next week's presidential runoff election.

Liberian election boycott looming?

MONROVIA, Liberia, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- An opposition party in Liberia said it wanted a new election commission ahead of a second round of voting, raising the possibility of a boycott.

Trouble brewing in Liberian election panel

MONROVIA, Liberia, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- An authority at Liberia's National Elections Commission denied allegations he was paid off by the opposition Congress for Democratic Change.

Liberia's Tubman out of the loop?

MONROVIA, Liberia, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The challenger in the second round of voting in Liberia said he wasn't notified by his party of a decision to set conditions for the November contest.
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U.S. President George W. Bush (L) is introduced by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the White House Summit on International Development, "Sustaining the New Era", in Washington on October 21, 2008 (UPI Photo/Brendan Hoffman/POOL)
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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d'état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. She placed a distant second in the 1997 presidential election. Later, she was elected President in the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006. Sirleaf is the first modern, and currently the only elected, female head of state in Africa.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was born in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, to educated parents. While not Americo-Liberian by ancestry, Sirleaf is considered culturally Americo-Liberian by some observers or assumed to be Americo-Liberian. However, Sirleaf does not identify as such. Her ethnic background is 1/2 Gola from her father's side, and 1/4 Kru and 1/4 German from her mother's side.

Sirleaf’s father, Jahmale Carney Johnson, was born into rural poverty. He was the son of a Gola chief named Jahmale and one of his wives, Jenneh, in Julijuah, Bomi County. Her father was sent to Monrovia, where his last name was changed to Johnson because of his father's loyalty to President Hilary R. W. Johnson, Liberia's first Liberian-born president. He grew up in Monrovia where he was raised by an Americo-Liberian family with the surname McGritty. Sirleaf's father later became the first Liberian from an indigenous ethnic group to sit in the country's national legislature.

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