Liberia 1998

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Yearbook 1998

Liberia. Despite the return to civilian government, Liberia was described as a country where the residents lived under great legal uncertainty. Both the official security forces and the formally wounded militias were reported to take the law into their own hands.

According to Countryaah, the capital of Liberia is Monrovia. One of President Charles Taylor’s rivals during the Civil War, Crane People’s Militia leader Roosevelt Johnson, was accused in Taylor of August of posing a security threat. At least 52 people were killed as Taylor’s forces tried to arrest Johnson and drive his militia away from an area in the capital, Monrovia, where they terrorized the population. Johnson took shelter at the US embassy but was allowed to leave the country after a week. In November, he and 31 others were tried – most in his absence – for trying to overthrow the president.

Following Johnson’s escape, thousands of Kranhn refugees were deported from Monrovia to southeast Liberia. Taylor in October ordered that all Monrovia emergency camps be wound up within three months and that the refugees return to their hometowns.

After a period of tension in the border areas between Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as a result of the internal turmoil in the countries, the three states’ presidents signed in November under a non-aggression agreement.

October

Weah refutes rumors ahead of referendum

October 27

President George Weah denies that there is anything in the rumors that he intends to, like his colleagues in Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, change the constitution in order to remain in office for a third term. His chief of staff, Nathaniel McGill, says Weah does not think anyone should sit in the presidency for too long. In December, Liberia will hold a referendum, among other things, voters will vote to shorten the term of office of the president from six years to five years. However, no changes will be made to the president’s right to stand for re-election (once). They must also be allowed to vote if it is to be allowed to have dual citizenship. As it is now, for example, those belonging to the country’s economically important Lebanese minority cannot become Liberian citizens.

President Weah is asking the United States for help in investigating the deaths

October 12

President George Weah has asked the United States for help in investigating four deaths within the country’s financial authorities, the tax authority and the internal audit, which have died in a short time under mysterious circumstances. The deaths have attracted attention in Liberia and sparked speculation that they have been executed. Weah now urges people not to spread rumors but to wait for the results of the investigation. At the end of November, the Ministry of Justice will publish parts of the police investigation which show that no suspects have occurred.

Weah criticizes young Liberians

5 October

During a service, President George Weah criticizes young people who, via text message, criticize him for not helping them. According to Weah, 999 out of 1,000 messages contain insults. He also says he will not give them any money. And also gives a boot to 19- and 20-year-olds who want to move away from home instead of living with their parents. Weah has been criticized for not creating all the new jobs he promised during the election campaign.

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