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LIBERIA: Campaigns Close In Crutial General Elections


Political campaigns in Liberia officially closed at midnight ahead of the country’s crucial presidential and House of Representatives elections billed for Tuesday.

The West African country heads to the polls with 20 candidates in the race for the top job, as incumbent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf prepares to step down after two terms in office.

This would be the first time for the transfer of power from one democratically elected president to another in the country since 1944.

A team covering the exercise in Monrovia, the nation’s capital, reports that most of the candidates headed to various churches for prayers on the last day of campaigns.

After service, some of the candidates and their supporters hit major roads and streets on a last-minute push to sway voters.

Johnson-Sirleaf’s aspiring successors included her two-term Vice President, Joseph Boakai; football icon, George Weah; prominent businessman, Alexander Cummings and veteran opposition figure, Charles Brumskine.