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Liberia Runoff to go Ahead Says Supreme Court

The Liberian Supreme Court announced that there will be no rerun to October's general election

If you've been holding your breath over Liberia's electoral standoff, you can now breath again.

Liberia's Supreme Court announced Thursday that the runoff round between the top two vote-getters of October's poll will go ahead and that there will be no rerun of the first round. That means current Vice President Joseph Boakai and perennial challenger, former football star and current Senator George Weah will face each other in a national poll.

During the announcement, Justice Philip Banks announced that "In the absence of sufficient evidence, the court cannot order a re-run of the election."

Here's a livestream of the court's announcement:

In recent weeks, Liberians have been unnerved by the increased presence of armed police on the streets as the country's highest court deliberated a challenge by third place finisher Charles Brumskine alleging fraud in the first round.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf steps down January 18th after serving two terms. We've previously written about this year's Liberian election here:

Liberian election watchers started tweeting their analysis as soon as it was announced:


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