Oct. 6, 2011, midnight
Liberia’s Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a challenge to candidacy of incumbent president Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF. The case, brought by the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), challenged JOHNSON SIRLEAF’s eligibility on the grounds her candidacy violated a constitutional clause requiring candidates be residents for ten years before the election. JOHNSON-SIRLEAF is Africa’s first woman to be elected as head of state. Liberia will hold the first round of presidential elections on October 11.