~Elections being held, in other areas of the world:
The choice is narrowed, for President of the War-scarred Liberia.
MONROVIA, Liberia: Weeding out 20 other candidates (including warlords, and rebel leaders) has left the Oct 11th first round of balloting with a choice between: George Weah, 39, a former soccer star... and in the lead: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 66, a former finance minister grad from Harvard; who in first round won 28 and 20 percent of the votes, respectively.
From Monrovia's slums to international soccer stardom has had great appeal in a poor country short on heroes; however Ellie Johnson-Sirleaf boasts a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard.
If successful, she would become Africa's first elected female president. Read more.
Note: Founded by freed American slaves in the mid-1800s, Africa's first republic was once among the continents most prosperous. A brutal coup in 1980 initiated years of strife that ended in 2003. Liberia today is a shambles with an unemployment rate of 80 percent.
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