President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Forbes Credits Pres. Sirleaf For Democratic Stance
MONROVIA, June 19 (LINA) - Leading American business magazine, Forbes, has hailed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her “final presidential act” of “stepping aside to let the country's democratic process choose its next leader."
It noted in a recent edition that as she wraps up her 12-year presidency, there are at least 20 contenders already vying for her place in the upcoming 2017 elections.
The magazine observed that faced with the almost insurmountable challenge of building a country ravaged by civil war and saddled with crippling debts, President Sirleaf was able to negotiate settlements, rebuild infrastructure, and lift sanctions against the West African nation.
Forbes said the Liberian leader will, however, leave behind what has been described as a legacy of "fragile gains."
It hailed her for also being considered a strong proponent of equal rights for women.
The magazine recalled that in 2006, shortly before her re-election, President Sirleaf received the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in restoring sanity to her war-wrecked country.
But, it noted, she also came under fire for her decision, during the devastating Ebola outbreak of 2014, to use troops to quarantine the heavily infected and poor West Point neighbourhood.
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