The son of former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Charles Sirleaf, is charged by a Monrovia court along with the former Liberian Central Bank governor Milton Weeks and another senior executives of economic sabotage, misuse of public money property or records, illegal disbursement and expenditure of public money, criminal conspiracy, and criminal facilitation, following a probe into missing banknotes. Two other senior executives who are still at large were also charged. IMAGES of Charles Sirleaf and other central bank officials arriving and leaving court
New Liberian president George Weah attends flag-lowering and flag-raising ceremony at his presidential inauguration in Monrovia, a symbol of the transition between the two presidents. IMAGES
Preparations are underway in Liberia one day before outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hands over power to former international footballer George Weah, representing the West African country’s first democratic transfer of power since 1944, leaving behind a mixed record of peace and freedom of speech cherished by the population.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and president-elect George Weah attend a religious service in Monrovia, a day before the official handover of power. Also in attendance were current vice-president Joseph Boakai and future vice-president Jewel Howard-Taylor. IMAGES
Liberia’s president elect and former football star George Weah plays a friendly game against the armed forces. Weah is due to be inaugurated as the country’s next this coming Monday. Meanwhile outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reflected on her 12 year rule on a visit to a school for handicapped children.
This week on Africa Weekly we begin in Liberia where we explore the practice of Female Genital Mutiliation – a practice that soon to be outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf fought unsuccessfully to ban. Then we head to Zambia where maternal deaths still plague mothers when they deliver and, finally, we take a look at the legacy of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti who died 20 years ago.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
Vote counting is underway in Liberia, where 20 candidates are competing to succeed to current president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in power for 12 years. If no candidate gathers 50% of the votes, a second round will take place. IMAGES
Liberians are choosing a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a contest set to complete the country’s first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years.
Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf battled unsuccessfully to ban female genital mutilation during her 12-years as Africa’s first female president, and now as she prepares to step down ahead of Tuesday’s general election, it’s feared hopes of outlawing the practice will fade too.REFILE TO CLARIFY THAT ESTHER DID NOT GROW UP IN THE VILLAGE WHERE SHE NOW LIVES
Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf battled unsuccessfully to ban female genital mutilation during her 12-years as Africa’s first female president, and now as she prepares to step down ahead of Tuesday’s general election, it’s feared hopes of outlawing the practice will fade too.
Supporters of Liberia’s presidential hopeful Alexander Cummings attend an electoral rally, before heading to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new leader to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. IMAGES
Liberia’s outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will actively campaign for the handful of female candidates contesting elections in October, as she steps down as Africa’s first female head of state following more than a decade in power. But some question whether her time in office has benefited women in politics in what remains a traditional West African nation.
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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ebola keeps civil servants at home for another month, Ferguson police officers begin wearing body cameras, former Iranian vice president indicted but it isn’t clear on what charges, and abalone found off Tasmania’s coast could provide improved treatment for herpes virus.
Ebola Keeps Government and Schools Closed
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf extends order for civil servants to stay at home.
Ferguson Police Receive Body Cameras
Private security firms donated the equipment following weeks of protests against the department over the death of Michael Brown.
Government Quiet About Former Vice President’s Legal Trouble
State media reports Mohammad Reza Rahimi has been fined and sentenced to prison time, but officials haven’t formally announced the charges against him.
Sea Snail’s Blue Blood Could Stave Off Herpes
Scientists want to develop a new treatment for the virus using a protein discovered to have preventative qualities.
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