Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Ending the imperial presidency

Via The Globalist, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf offers her vision for leadership in post-colonial Africa and how it applies to Liberia.

She warns that one of the challenges her government will face in rebuilding the country is the tradition of centralized and dictatorial rule that subordinated the state to the whims of an imperial Presidency with enormous power.

President Sirleaf notes that dismantling the imperial presidency is a key first step toward putting down true democratic roots in the country.

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