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Liberian Elections Vote Of Confidence Over 'Developing' Africa

Liberian officials are still counting the ballots from Tuesday's general elections. 

The country’s two-term president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has reached her term limit, and the ballot to replace her has 19 contenders challenging her status quo. Among them, a pro soccer player, a former warlord, and Sirleaf’s own vice president.

Prue Clarke is the co-founder and president of New Narratives, an organization supporting independent African media, and is the director of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s international reporting program. She’s covered Liberia since 2004 and published a piece on Sirleaf’s legacy and the elections in Foreign Policy.

Artemus Gaye, an academic and activist in Chicago's Liberian-American community, has also been following the elections in Liberia. He’s the author of the forthcoming book Rooted Beyond Boundaries: Finding Faith, Hope, And Courage In The Midst of Tragedies. It’s part-memoir, part-history of Liberia as a colony of freed American slaves.

Clarke and Gaye join Worldview to discuss what’s unfolding in Liberia.

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