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Liberian Supreme Court Stays President’s Ban On Mass Gatherings To Prevent Ebola Ahead Of Elections

Associated Press: Liberian president’s son wants rally ban lifted
“President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s son, who is running for a Senate seat, has filed a lawsuit contesting her Ebola-related ban on political rallies, an official said Monday…” (Paye-Layleh, 12/8).

New York Times: Liberian President’s Ban on Rallies Is Seen as Political
“Anger has been building for days over a decree by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia that bans all political rallies in Monrovia, the capital, which she said had been meant to prevent the further spread of Ebola. Critics allege her real motivation was to promote a victory for her son, Robert, in a hotly contested Senate race against George Weah, a former soccer star, presidential aspirant and opponent of Mrs. Sirleaf…” (MacDougall/Fink, 12/7).

Reuters: Liberia court suspends ban on mass gatherings in Monrovia
“Liberia’s top court issued a stay on a government order banning public gatherings in the capital ahead of Senate elections next week that was imposed because electioneering risks spreading Ebola, Information Minister Lewis Brown said on Sunday…” (Giahyue, 12/7).

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