Liberia opposition leader seeks new poll post-loss

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Posted: Nov 13, 2011 6:31 AM
Liberia opposition leader seeks new poll post-loss

Liberia's top opposition presidential challenger is seeking a fresh election after losing a runoff in the West African nation.

Winston Tubman said late Saturday he wants a new poll within a month after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won 90.2 percent of the vote on Nov. 8. He refused to accept the outcome shortly after results were released Thursday. Tubman says the poll was part of "a very flawed process."

Tubman had called on his supporters to boycott the runoff, and many polling stations closed early due to dismal turnout.

He also says a clash between his supporters and police on the eve of the vote was an attempt to assassinate him. At least two people were killed after security forces opened fire with live bullets.