Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf becomes the first woman to win Mo Ibrahim prize
(Ecofin Agency) - The former Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (photo) has been awarded the 5th edition of Mo Ibrahim prize by the independent Prize Committee ,today Monday 12, 2018.
According to the foundation’s statement, Ellen has been chosen for her leadership and management of the country’s political situation following a devastating civil war.
“Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took the helm of Liberia when it was completely destroyed by civil war and led it to a process of reconciliation that focused on building a nation and its democratic institutions,” said Salim Ahmed Salim, the committee’s chairperson.
Despite a poor economic record, characterized by -1.6% recession in 2016, she can boast of having entrenched the country into a democratic system and helped it getting through the Ebola crisis.
In 2011, the president who has been replaced in January by former footballer George Weah as the country’s leader, won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Moutiou Adjibi Nourou (intern)