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Violence erupts in Liberia ahead of election

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - 01:19

Nov. 7 - One person is confirmed dead after violence erupts the day before Liberians are set to vote in a run-off presidential election. Katharine Jackson reports.

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Gunfire rocks Liberia's capital and riot police fire tear gas to disperse crowds of stone-throwing protesters. At least one person is killed in the clashes in Monrovia ahead of Tuesday's presidential run-off election. The election pits Liberia's president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf against challenger Winston Tubman, head of the CDC party. Johnson-Sirleaf - who was recently co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - took nearly 44 percent of the first round vote in October. She's since won backing from the contest's third place finisher, likely sealing her victory in the run-off. Tubman, a former United Nations diplomat, won roughly 33 percent of the first vote. But he alleges the first round was corrupted by election fraud. Tubman withdrew from the race last week and urged his supporters to boycott the second round. The election is seen as a gauge of Liberia's progress since civil war ended in 2003...progress towards political stability or further turmoil. Katharine Jackson, Reuters.

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Violence erupts in Liberia ahead of election

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - 01:19