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New Liberian Leader Considered Consensus Builder - 2003-08-21

The newly appointed leader of Liberia's transitional government, Gyude Bryant, is considered a political moderate who is able to build consensus.

Mr. Bryant is chairman of the Liberia Action Party, which led calls for now-ousted former Liberian President Charles Taylor to resign and also criticized Liberian rebels trying to oust the Taylor government.

A successful heavy equipment dealer, Mr. Bryant is also a leader of Liberia's Episcopal Church, one of the West African country's main religious denominations.

In his new post, which begins in October, Mr. Bryant has pledged to work closely with the United Nations and other international agencies to help lead Liberia out of years of war and strife and prepare it for elections.