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Liberia's TRC Report Sparks Debate, Confusion

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

MONROVIA, Liberia -- Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its conclusions last week, and though debate continues on a number of issues, the findings already produced some surprises. In particular, the inclusion of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the list of those recommended to be barred from Liberian politics for the next 30 years turned the most heads, both here and abroad.

Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female head of state, is the darling of the international development community. Many see her as a rare ray of hope in a country, and region, where violence and corruption have for too long perpetuated a cycle of poverty. Support for her efforts in the country runs high, but it is not universal, nor is it unconditional. ...

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