Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Liberia: criticism of peace deal

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says the deal signed by the government and rebel groups in Ghana gives them too much control of Liberia's economy.
"We really have all the major financial and economic functions and the security functions held by the three belligerent groups," Ms Sirleaf said in an interview. "Our fear is that they will select people as a reward for those who financed or supported war."

.... The government takes control of the ministries of defence and internal affairs, the national security agency and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation. Lurd will run the National Ports Authority and Model the Bureau of Maritime Affairs, the Forestry Development Authority and Roberts International Airport.

Government statistics show that income from forestry, petroleum sales and maritime fees accounted for more than 40 per cent of state revenues of L$1,942m (US$35m, €32m) during the second half of last year, with customs and excise duties accounting for another third.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was one of the candidates shortlisted for the chairmanship of the interim government. She lost out to Charles Gyude Bryant. She also came a distant second to Charles Taylor in the 1997 presidential elections. She is also a former UN official.

Here is one of the more recent posts about Liberia.