Liberia: Sirleaf's victory in the presidential election confirmed with 90.8%
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Liberia: Sirleaf's victory in the presidential election confirmed with 90.8%

Monrovia : Liberia | Nov 11, 2011 at 3:19 AM PST
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AFP - The outgoing president of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the only competing in the second round of presidential elections, won with 90.8% of the vote, turnout was 37.4%, according to official partial results released Thursday .

Despite its withdrawal from the second round Tuesday that he had called for a boycott, his rival Winston Tubman gets 9.2% of the vote, according to the results published by the National Electoral Commission (NEC), covering 86.6% of polling stations.

Sirleaf was topped with 43.9% against 32.7% for Mr. Tubman in the first round on 11 October where the turnout was 71.1%.

For the second round, she had gained the support of the former warlord Prince Johnson, came in third with 11.6%, and the lawyer Charles Brumskine, fourth with 5.5%.

Mr. Tubman, leader of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC, opposition), had announced his retirement Friday, saying the second round was marred by fraud and irregularities similar to those he had denounced in the first round.

Sirleaf's victory, the first African president-elect in 2005 and Nobel peace 2011, was therefore granted.

The low turnout shows in part that the call for a boycott of Mr. Tubman was followed and may make it difficult for Mrs. Sirleaf during its next term of five years in a country still traumatized by the civil wars which, from 1989 to 2003, killed some 250,000 people.

Besides the appeal of Mr. Tubman, the fear of violence is probably also deterred many voters.

On the eve of voting, the riot police fired live bullets at the supporters of Mr. Tubman, gathered outside the headquarters of the CDC to support its decision to withdraw from the race. At least two people were killed.

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