2005/11/15

Liberia's Iron Lady

This may seem like a small thing, but in African politics the election of the continent's first female head of state is a watershed, and what a person they've elected. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is a Harvard trained banker that managed a margin of victory of over 20 points. She's braved the byzantine Liberian election system once before in 1997 when she challenged strongman Charles Taylor and was jailed for her troubles.

Here's wishing Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf much success with the monumental task of healing a country that has suffered under 14 years of bloody civil war. Now if they could just get her opponent to concede gracefully.

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