Liberia’s Johnson Sirleaf wins Mo Ibrahim leadership prize

JOHANNESBURG- Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday became the first woman to win the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, for her efforts to rebuild her country after two devastating civil wars.

Sirleaf already a Nobel Prize laureate, was elected president in 2006, three years after the second civil war ended and elected for a second term in 2011.

“Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took the helm of Liberia when it was completely destroyed by civil war and led a process of reconciliation that focused on building a nation and its democratic institutions,” Salim Ahmed Salim, chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s prize committee, said.

“In very difficult circumstances, she helped guide her nation towards a peaceful and democratic future, paving the way for her successor to follow,” he said.

Sirleaf has been replaced after former football star George Weah won the Liberia election this year.

The foundation said Liberia was the only country out of 54 to improve in every category and sub-category of the foundation’s Index of African Governance since 2006.

The category including safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.

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