Liberia: Supreme Court Clears President Sirleaf Re-Election Bid
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With just six days left to the scheduled  Liberia general elections, there was a lot of anxiety over what may become the final verdict of the Liberia Supreme court on the case brought before it by the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) challenging the eligibility of some candidates in next week's presidential election, which included incumbent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

In his final ruling, Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis said "It is our opinion that the framers of the 1986 constitution could neither have contemplated nor intended that Liberians faced with the state civil crisis be resident because at some point in the future they may want to run for the office of president,"

Liberia’s constitution says candidates must be a resident in the country for 10 years prior to a presidential election. However, many politicians left Liberia during the  14 years of civil war that ended in 2003.

President Johnson-Sirleaf became Africa's first elected female head of state in 2005 -- when the country waived the residency requirements for the U.N.-sponsored elections to allow more candidates to run in the wake of the war.

She like many of her contemporaries had left the country for years during the fighting, returning only in 2003 after it stopped. President Johnson-Sirleaf has enjoyed broad international support for her efforts at rebuilding Liberia and she is considered a favourite in the polls which would pit her against rival Winston Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).

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