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Observers Give Good Grades as Liberia Holds General Elections

  • Joe DeCapua

Ma-Fanta Konneh, 60, casts her vote for president at a polling station in Kendeja Community School in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 11, 2011.

Ma-Fanta Konneh, 60, casts her vote for president at a polling station in Kendeja Community School in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 11, 2011.

Voters in Liberia are going to the polls Tuesday for the second time since the end of their 14-year civil war.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is facing a tough fight for a second term, just days after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. The Liberian leader is running against more than a dozen opponents. Her stiffest competition comes from a ticket that includes Winston Tubman, who, like Mrs. Sirleaf, is a Harvard graduate. His running mate is former football star George Weah, who was a presidential candidate in 2005.

VOA reporter James Butty is in Liberia following election developments. Tuesday he visited a number of polling stations. Click on link below to hear his report.

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