Liberians voted last Tuesday for the first time since the 14-year civil war ravaged the country under Charles Taylor. Since none of the 22 candidates received a majority vote, a runoff has been set for November 8 to decide between Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and George Weah.
Johnson-Sirleaf, 66, is a Harvard-educated economist with an impressive resume that includes the World Bank and United Nations. She would be Africa’s first elected female president if she wins the run-off next month, although she faces heavy competition with Weah, a former soccer star. The October 11 election was close, with Weah leading by 28 percent and Johnson-Sirleaf following close behind with 20 percent of votes.