23/11/2005 Africa's first elected female president
Liberia Politics: Legacy - Africa's first elected female president
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf touts legacy as she prepares to step down
Liberia votes to choose successor to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen SirLeaf Mother of Liberia
First African Elected Female President: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Sirleaf stood for president as the candidate of the Unity Party in the 2005 general election. She placed second in the first round of voting behind footballer George Weah. In the subsequent run-off election, Sirleaf earned 59% of the vote versus 40% for Weah, though Weah disputed the results.