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23/11/2005 Africa's first elected female president

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Liberia Politics: Legacy - Africa's first elected female president

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf touts legacy as she prepares to step down

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Liberia votes to choose successor to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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Ellen SirLeaf Mother of Liberia

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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.
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