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Topic - Winston Tubman
Liberia's president was sworn this week for a second term in a ceremony attended by her bitter rival, whose refusal to recognize her victory had threatened to undermine this country's fragile peace.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf appeared at her final campaign rally last week with the man named No. 1 on the government's list of "most notorious perpetrators" of violence during the country's civil war.
Africa's first and only female president handily won re-election Thursday with 90.2 percent of the vote. However, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's victory has been rendered hollow and her government may struggle to prove its legitimacy because the opposition boycotted the election.
At least two people were killed Monday at the headquarters of Liberia's main opposition party when police used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators on the eve of a runoff presidential election.
Liberia's president on Sunday said she's optimistic about a runoff after results of Tuesday's election showed she failed to gain the majority needed to win outright.
Even as she basks in praise from abroad after sharing the Nobel Peace Prize, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is facing an election at home that she may lose.
Fresh from being named a joint winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf dismissed critics who have called the prize undeserved and said she is ready to take on all challengers in Tuesday's election.
Until last weekend, he continued to say he would not recognize Mrs. Sirleaf and that he would lead a demonstration on the day of her inauguration.
Mr. Tubman had claimed fraud even though international observers said the process was transparent.