Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - updates

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Joy and hope in Liberia as George Weah sworn in as president

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:33 AM

Weah, 51, takes over from Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who over 12 years steered the country away from the trauma of a civil war but failed to ease dire poverty

PREDECESSOR, SUCCESSOR. Liberia's outgoing president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (L) listens to Liberia's President-elect George Weah, during Weah's swearing-in ceremony on January 22, 2018 in Monrovia's stadium. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Liberians hail victory of ex-football star Weah in landmark vote

Dec 29, 2017 - 6:28 PM

(UPDATED) George Weah defeats Vice President Joseph Boakai in Thursday's run-off vote

PRESIDENT WEAH. This file photo taken on September 25, 2017, shows former football player and candidate in Liberia's presidential elections, George Weah as he poses during a photo session in Paris. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Liberians to choose new leader in delayed presidential vote

Dec 26, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The vote comes after 7 weeks of delays caused by legal challenges against the electoral commission lodged by Vice President Joseph Boakai's party

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. A man walks past a billboard as the nation prepares to vote in upcoming national elections on December 25, 2017 in Monrovia. Photo by SEYLLOU/AFP

Schools reopen as Liberia turns page on Ebola epidemic

Feb 17, 2015 - 9:29 AM

The school term began a day after the leaders of Liberia and Sierra Leone in their first trips abroad since the peak of the epidemic vowed at a summit in Guinea to eradicate the virus by mid April

BACK TO SCHOOL. Students stand in line before heading to their classrooms at Don Bosco High School in the Liberian capital Monrovia on February 16, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Ban pledges UN support in tour of Ebola-hit West Africa

Dec 20, 2014 - 9:43 AM

Today we have reason to be cautiously optimistic that this terrible outbreak can be defeated says UN chief Ban Ki moon

MORE UN SUPPORT. A handout image released by the United Nations (UN) shows UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) sit for a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, Liberia, December 19 2014. Photo by Evan Schneider/Handout/EPA

Liberia lifts Ebola state of emergency

Nov 13, 2014 - 9:40 PM

The epidemic killed nearly 30 000 Liberians but the announcement follows a dramatic recent drop in new cases

IN YOUR FACE. Photo made available 27 July 2014 of an Ebola poster being placed above a street in downtown Monrovia as Liberia marked its 167th Independence anniversary on 26 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Liberia to the 'world': Help us fight Ebola

Oct 19, 2014 - 9:23 PM

This disease respects no borders

HELP LIBERIA. Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (2-R) attends a church service dedicated to praying for the eradication of Ebola from Liberia at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia, Liberia August 3, 2014. Photo by EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

Ebola-hit Liberia cancels nationwide election: government

Oct 09, 2014 - 10:15 PM

Almost 3 million voters had been due to go to polling stations on Tuesday but organizers say there was no way a mass movement deployment and gathering of people could go ahead without endangering lives

REAL. An Ebola sign placed in front of a home in West Point slum area of Monrovia, Liberia, 25 September 2014. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

After Ebola, should world have standby medical corps?

Sep 26, 2014 - 7:16 AM

Just as our troops in blue helmets help keep people safe a corps in white coats could help keep people healthy says UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent

Aug 21, 2014 - 2:55 PM

The crackdown in Liberia comes as authorities around the world scramble to stem the worst ever outbreak of Ebola

QUARANTINE CLASH. Liberian security forces clash with protestors in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia, 20 August 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Liberia imposes curfew as Ebola crisis grows

Aug 20, 2014 - 7:54 AM

UPDATED Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also announces the quarantine of two neighborhoods in a bid to stem the deadly Ebola outbreak

UNDER HEAVY GUARD. Liberian soldiers deployed to assist nurses retrieve looted items from the MV Massaquoi Elementary school that was used as an Ebola isolation unit in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia, 19 August 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Liberia 'losing grip on Ebola' as hunt for patients goes on

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:40 AM

Officials are considering sealing off a Monrovia slum to stop the nightmare scenario of people with the highly contagious disease wandering the city

ANOTHER CASUALTY. Liberian nurses pick up a dead body due to Ebola from the waiting area of the ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia 16 August 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Liberia puts 3rd province under Ebola quarantine

Aug 11, 2014 - 10:14 PM

We want to protect areas that have not been yet affected according to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

ANOTHER VICTIM. Liberian nurses bury the body of an Ebola victim in the Banjor Community on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia on August 6, 2014. Photo by Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola sparks states of emergency across west Africa

Aug 07, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Since breaking out earlier this year the epidemic is said to claim 932 lives and infect more than 1 700 people across west Africa

A view of the building of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 27 April 2009. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Ebola: Liberia president declares state of emergency

Aug 07, 2014 - 10:26 AM

UPDATED Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: The scope and scale of the epidemic the virulence and deadliness of the virus now exceed the capacity and statutory responsibility of any one government agency or ministry

ANOTHER VICTIM. Liberian nurses bury the body of an Ebola victim in the Banjor Community on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia 06 August 2014. Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola-hit west Africa launches emergency plan

Aug 01, 2014 - 1:26 PM

The leaders of Guinea Sierra Leone Liberia and the Ivory Coast are launching a US 100 million joint plan to tackle the Ebola epidemic

EBOLA IS REAL. Liberian men walk past an Ebola banner at the Monrovia City Hall in Liberia, 31 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Liberia closes borders as Ebola hits major west African cities

Jul 29, 2014 - 8:52 AM

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points

IN YOUR FACE. Photo made available 27 July 2014 of an Ebola poster being placed above a street in downtown Monrovia as Liberia marked its 167th Independence anniversary on 26 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

15 women you should know about

Sep 28, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Know your women icons today and from the not too distant past

VICTORY. German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates at the CDU party's headquarters after the German general elections. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP

All 25,000 candidates fail Liberia university entrance test

Aug 29, 2013 - 10:51 AM

The result prompted President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to describe poor education standards in the impoverished nation as a national emergency

A file photo dated 03 June 2013 shows Liberian students sitting the West Afican Examinations Council (WAEC) exams at G.W. Gibson High School in Monrovia, Liberia. EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo