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Liberia's Supreme Court suspends Weah-Boaki vote

07 November 2017

More than two million Liberians went to the polls last month to pick a new leader with president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf set to leave office.

Information Minister Eugene Nagbe then called Brumskine's allegations "the rants of a sore and selfish loser who is so blinded by ego and arrogance... even after 12 years of rejection by the voters", alluding to the fact that the Liberty Party candidate has now lost three successive presidential elections.

The vote is meant to mark Liberia's first democratic transition of power since 1944, but the Supreme Court this week halted preparations while it examined charges by third-place finisher Charles Brumskine's Liberty Party that the October 10 first round was marred by fraud.

Boakai took 28.8 percent of votes in an October 10 presidential election, behind former global footballer George Weah's 38.4 percent, meaning the two men would enter a runoff round.

Liberia's apex court on Monday upheld the complaint for a "stay order" on the election runoff filed by the opposition Liberty Party.The Liberty Party recently filed a complaint to the Supreme Court to place a "stay order" on the runoff election, which was scheduled for November 7.

The two placed first and second in the October vote to replace Africa's first female president, neither garnering the more than 50 percent needed to win the election outright. Boakai is accusing the president of interfering in the October election by holding private meetings with election magistrates.

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The election was due to be Liberia's first democratic transition in seven decades, and west African leaders met with all sides of the conflict on Wednesday in an attempt to ease the crisis.

Wilmot Paye, the chairman of Unity Party, said his party's leadership is glad because the responsibility of upholding democracy rests with the Supreme Court.

Following the court's ruling, Sanvee lauded Unity Party, the All Liberian Party, the Alternative National Congress, and other political actors who stood in solidarity with his party.

The Supreme Court found that the fraud case was enough to suspend indefinitely the runoff as the electoral commission deals with Brumskine's complaint.

Johnson Sirleaf denied the meetings were inappropriate.

Addressing the Supreme Court last week, Brumskine cited "gross irregularities" in the first round. However, observers from the Carter centre and the E.U say they saw no major problems with the first-round vote.

Liberia's Supreme Court suspends Weah-Boaki vote