Liberian president eager to run for re-election

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Posted: Oct 29, 2010 11:06 AM
Liberian president eager to run for re-election

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is turning 72 but she says she doesn't expect to slow down anytime soon.

"I feel 42," she tells The Associated Press, adding "even if I am 72 do I look 72?"

The Harvard-trained economist, whose birthday is on Friday, says she is healthy and is eager to run for re-election next year, even though she had pledged when she ran during the 2005 election campaign that if she won she would serve just a single six-year term.

She says she is waiting for opponents in the upcoming presidential race to test her, saying: "When the campaign comes we will know who can run faster."