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Deadly Clash on Day Before Liberian Election

Deadly Clash on Day Before Liberian Election
Al Jazeera is reporting that three people have been killed in in an exchange of gun fire with riot police in Monrovia. There are also reports of injuries to several UN peacekeepers, part of the 8000 strong UNMIL mission which has been in the country since 2003.

It is still not clear whether the boycott called for by opposition candidate William Tubman will hold. What is clear is that tensions are running high and that Tubman’s call for a boycott has finally brought his supporters into violent clashes with the police. Reports from the scene have the police claiming that the demonstrators fired first. Whatever happens, this event on top of the forced resignation of the National Election Commissioner James Fromoyan in the wake of the NECs incompetent actions immediately after the first round election, will cast a pall over tomorrow’s balloting.



Michael Keating

I am the Director of Operations at the Center for Peace, Development and Democracy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. I also lecture in the graduate program in International Relations. I have spent much of the past decade looking, learning and hopefully contributing in West Africa, most deeply in Liberia. My interests are in the areas of economic development, political leadership, media and higher education. In a former life I was a Partner with the Boston Consulting Group and an executive with Bertelsmann. I can be reached at [email protected]