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Liberia’s Johnson-Sirleaf Vetoes Political Party Funding Bill

October 20, 2011

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Liberian President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf vetoed a bill recently passed by lawmakers that sought to give budget support for political parties in the country.

The policy discriminates against people who are not members of political parties, Johnson-Sirleaf said in a statement on the presidency’s website.

The funding plan, which called for about $4 million to be distributed to political parties based on their election results, would be difficult for the West African nation to afford given its “scarce and limited financial resources,” according to the statement dated yesterday.

Johnson-Sirleaf is vying for a second term in office and will run against Winston Tubman in a second round election scheduled for Nov. 8.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Karl Maier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Terrence Sesay in Monrovia via Accra at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers in Accra at

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