Liberia opposition threatens to boycott runoff

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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 5:41 AM
Liberia opposition threatens to boycott runoff

Liberia's main opposition party says it is boycotting the November presidential election runoff unless a set of demands are addressed.

Deputy campaign manager for the Congress for Democratic Change, George Solo, said the party is demanding that the head of the electoral body be changed. He said late Monday the opposition will boycott the second round of elections if the methods they demanded for a free, fair and transparent process are not put into place.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will face Winston Tubman in the Nov. 8 runoff. Sirleaf received 44 percent of the votes in the October elections and Tubman received 32.2 percent.

Harvard-trained Sirleaf was Africa's first democratically elected female president. She is viewed abroad as a reformer but Tubman's camp portrays her as out of touch with the impoverished population.