Eight opposition parties in Liberia on Saturday announced they intend to boycott the presidential election held last Tuesday, saying the election had been "manipulated" and they will not recognize the outcome.
Partial results indicate so far that the current president, EllenJohnson Sirleaf is leading the vote count, with about 45%, although these are insufficient to avoid a runoff.
Sirleaf was elected in 2006, the first woman to chair an African country and a few days ago was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize (together with a Liberian activist and a Yemeni). She is now trying to re-election.
The eight parties that reject the lawsuit include the caption of thesecond most voted candidate Winston Tubman (with 29.5% of the vote, according to preliminary results). The opposition claims that the National Electoral Commission is cheating andmanipulating the vote count in favor of Sirleaf.
Elections under way, also for legislative positions, are the secondto be held since the end of the country's civil war, which lasted 14 years.
The Electoral Commission has until Oct. 26 to announce the final results.
Until Saturday morning, Sirleaf had not commented on thedecision of their opponents.
The Nobel Peace Prize is praised by the international communityhave contributed to the pacification of Liberia and pave the way for the purpose of external sanctions against the country.
Observers say, however, that she does not have such popularitywithin Liberia, accused by critics of not doing enough to alleviate the deep poverty that still exists in the country.