Liberia opposition to take part in runoff vote

AP News
Posted: Nov 01, 2011 5:15 AM
Liberia opposition to take part in runoff vote

Liberia's main opposition party says it will take part in next week's presidential runoff vote after threatening a boycott.

The party _ whose ticket includes soccer star George Weah _ said Monday though it still wants to be assured of better access to the vote-counting process.

The agreement to participate in the Nov. 8 ballot comes a day after the chairman of the National Elections Commission resigned following allegations he favored the incumbent president.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa's first democratically elected female leader and a Nobel Peace laureate. She won the first round but failed to reach the threshold needed to avoid a runoff.