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Liberia is a country in West Africa bordered by Cote d'Ivoire in the east and north, Guinea in the north and Sierra Leone in the north and west.


Political History

The Republic of Liberia was establsihed in 1847 by settlers from the United States in Monrovia. Over the rest of the 19th century these settlers and their descendants emerged as the Americo-Liberian elite class after establishing effective control over the hinterland of what became Liberian by creating paramount chiefs among the indigenes they encountered and ruling indirectly though them. The state controlled by the Americo-Liberians relied on economc rents from customs revenues, head taxes on the popualtion in the hinterland and revenues from leasing one million acres to the Firestone Ribber and Tire Corporation of Akron, Ohio for the development of rubber plantations.

Liberian Counties - Traditional Ethnic Groups

  • Bomi County- Vai, Dei
  • Bong County - Kpelle
  • Grand Bassa County - Bassa
  • Grand Cape Mount County - Vai, Mende
  • Grand Gedeh County - Grebo, Krahn
  • Grand Kru - Grebo, Kru
  • Lofa County - Belle, Gbandi, Gola, Kissi, Loma, Mandingo, Mende
  • Margibi - Bassa, Kru
  • Maryland County
  • Montserrado County
  • Nimba County - Gio, Mandingo, Mano
  • River Cress County
  • Sinoe County - Kru, Sapo


November 8, 2005 Second Round Presidential Election

Registered Voters: 1,325,556 Voter Turnout: 62.29% of registered voters

October 11, 2005 First Round Presidential Election

  • George Manneh WEAH Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) 275,265 votes, 28.27%
  • Ellen JOHNSON-SIRLEAF Unity Party (UP) 192,326 votes, 19.75%
  • Charles Walker BRUMSKINE Liberty Party (LP) 135,093 votes, 13.87%
  • Winston A. TUBMAN National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL) 89,623 votes, 9.20%
  • Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi SHERMAN Coalition for Transformation of Liberia (COTOL) 76,403 votes, 7.85%
  • Roland Chris Yarkpah MASSAQUOI National Patriotic Party (NPP) 40,361 votes, 4.14%
  • Joseph D.Z. KORTO Liberia Equal Rights Party (LERP) 31,814 votes, 3.27%
  • Alhaji G. V. KROMAH All Liberian Coalition Party (ALCOP) 27,141 votes, 2.79%
  • Togba-Nah TIPOTEH Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) 22,766 votes, 2.34%
  • William Vacanarat Shadrach TUBMAN Reformed United Liberia Party (RULP) 15,115 votes, 1.55%
  • John Sembe MORLU United Democratic Alliance (UDA) 12,068 votes, 1.24%
  • Others 67,883 votes, 6.97%

Resistered Voters: 1,325,556 Voter Turnout: 76.40% of registered voters

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