- Associated Press - Monday, October 17, 2011

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — 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.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said she is ready for a Nov. 8 runoff against Winston Tubman. With 96 percent of polling stations counted, she led with around 44 percent. Election officials said the remaining results would not change much.

Ms. Sirleaf, who won the Nobel Peace Prize this year with two other women, said she is disappointed she didn’t win outright, but “we came out very well ahead.”

The Harvard-trained Ms. Sirleaf was Africa’s first democratically elected female president. She is viewed abroad as a reformer, but Mr. Tubman’s camp portrays her as out of touch with the impoverished population.

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