Liberia's Next President Has a Mountain to Climb

The 20 contenders vying to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have echoed the campaign pledges she made on the trail in 2005 to end corruption and promote development. However, none of them share the type of career in both national and international public service that initially lent her credibility, writes Fonteh Akum for the Institute For Security Studies.

Liberian presidential candidates: (L-R) Joseph Boakai, George Weah, Charles Brumskine, Benoni Urey, Mills Jones, Alexander Cummings

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Clockwise from top left: Dr. J. Mills Jones, Simeon Freeman, MacDella Cooper, Jeremiah Whapoe Whapoe, MacDonald Wento and Sen. Oscar Cooper.

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