- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2005

LIBERIA

Johnson-Sirleaf, Weah face runoff

MONROVIA — Soccer star George Weah and former World Bank economist Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf prepared yesterday for their final bout of campaigning in Liberia’s presidential race before a runoff vote in two weeks.

No presidential candidate gained the outright majority needed to win the election two weeks ago, meaning Mr. Weah, a former AC Milan soccer star, and Harvard-trained Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf face a runoff election Nov. 8.

“The campaign for the runoff commences October 27 and ends at midnight November 6,” Frances Johnson-Morris, head of the National Elections Commission, said yesterday at a ceremony to announce the first-round results.

BOTSWANA

Mogae faults stance on U.N. restructuring

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Botswanan President Festus Mogae yesterday criticized Africa’s position on the reform of the United Nations Security Council, saying its all-or-nothing approach was inappropriate in the face of opposition from other countries.

Efforts to restructure the 15-member Security Council failed this year, largely because of opposition from existing permanent members and competition among countries and regional groups.

Africa demanded two permanent members with veto rights on an expanded council.

“While we support the original African position on the reform of the Security Council, it is our considered opinion that the all-or-nothing approach is inappropriate,” he told South Africa’s Parliament.

“As a small country, we are perhaps more reconciled … than others to being satisfied with half a loaf until next time,” said Mr. Mogae, current chairman of the Southern African Development Community and one of few African voices to disagree with African positions in public.

Weekly notes …

U.S. civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson voiced strong support for Jean-Bertrand Aristide yesterday after meeting with the ousted Haitian leader in South Africa, saying he was a legitimate president who was overthrown by Washington in February 2004. “The people did not remove him; the U.S. government removed him,” Mr. Jackson told reporters after meeting with South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. “We regard Mr. Aristide as a democrat,” he said. … Researchers will fan out across Kenya this week to test migratory birds for a deadly strain of avian flu virus that has swept through Asia and reached Europe. Muchane Muchai, head of the ornithology department at the National Museum of Kenya, said: “We will capture samples of water birds and isolate them to see whether they are carrying the virus” along migratory routes from the Rift Valley lakes where they winter before returning to Europe.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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