Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Liberia: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf officially declared election winner

Madam President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia. Congratulations! Today it has become official. Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been declared Africa’s 1st elected woman head of state in history. Wow, with Angela Merkel’s swearing-in yesterday as Germany’s first female chancellor the ladies might be on a roll in taking charge of the "reigns of power" around the world.

I have been patiently following this important story for weeks in the mainstream media and in the Blogosphere and today the National Elections Commission of the Republic of Liberia has reached its final decision re: the claims of voter fraud by presidential contender George Weah and his CDC party. Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has won the presidential runoff election fair-and-square. She is the next President of the Republic of Liberia, Africa’s first and oldest republic.

Congratulations Madam President and congratulations to the people of Liberia who have chosen peace over war, democracy over dictatorship and fear and chaos. May peace and prosperity and substantial support and respect from your neighbors and the world community be with you from this day onward. I will be writing more about this wonderful new world leader in the next few days as the story of President-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf deserves a great deal of attention and praise.
In the meantime please check out the news links below:

VOA News (text and audio):
Liberia declares Johnson-Sirleaf election winner
Sirleaf-Johnson to become Liberia’s next president

BBC News:
Iron Lady named Liberian leader (article from The Analyst – Monrovia)
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Jeff Msangi said...

For sure Liberia and Germany have written a new history as well as setting unprecedented examples.I believe if given a chance women can emerge as great leaders of our time.I believe many unnecessary wars in the world today are caused by nonsense ego and arrogance of men.Congratulations to Liberians and the people of Germany

Imnakoya said...

It seems Liberia has a 'soft spot" for women president. Liberia produced the African first female head of state, Ruth Perry (1996-1997). Now it is Ellen Johnson, an accomplished technocrat. I pray that her tenure brings peace and prosperity to the oldest independent nation in West Africa. As Jeff suggested, maybe the women have what it takes, maybe.