20 August 2007

More political news

The election results are almost completely counted. As—somewhat—expected, no single party received the 55% majority needed to avoid a run-off. The current ruling party's candidate garnered 38%; he was beaten by an opposition candidate with 44%. The run-off is due on September 6. More details...

Meanwhile, Charles Taylor, Liberia's former president, has been awaiting war-crimes trial for his role in Sierra Leone's 1991-2001 civil war. The trial was set to begin soon; it has been postponed until January, 2008. This will coincide with our time in the country; it will be, if nothing else, exciting.

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