Supreme Court Halts Liberia's Presidential Run-Off
The Liberia Presidential election run-off fixed for November 7, may not hold as scheduled.
This follows an order by the country's Supreme Court to stay the exercise until it considers a challenge of the first-round results brought to the court by third-place finisher, Charles Brumskine.
The run-off is between former soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai.
In a writ issued late on Tuesday, the court instructed Liberty Party and the National Elections Commission to file briefs by Thursday at the latest.
It was unclear if the court would rule before November 7, which will force the run-off to be shifted.
The election is meant to usher in Liberia’s first democratic transition since 1944 after long periods of military rule and a civil war that ended in 2003.
Weah, a former soccer star in Europe, won the first round with 38.4 per cent of the vote to Boakai’s 28.8 per cent and picked up an important endorsement on Friday from former warlord Prince Johnson, who won eight per cent of the first-round vote.
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