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Ellen, Boakai Legal Battle Dominates Local Newspapers

Former President Sirleaf’s lawsuit against her former Vice President and blaming of Central Bank for hike in exchange rate dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Monday. The National Elections Commission is expected to begin hearing the recent lawsuit filed by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf against her former Vice President Joseph Boakai challenging her expulsion from the former ruling Unity Party.

In her lawsuit, the former Liberian President claimed that Boakai orchestrated her expulsion from the ruling Unity Party, noting that the action is a violation of the Constitution of the party and the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.

The Inquirer and Women Voices newspapers published this story as their front page banner headlines under the respective captions: NEC Hears Ellen Complaint Aganst Boakai Tomorrow and Ellen Condemned For Taking Legal Action Against Boakai, Others.

An official of the Money Exchange Bureau of Liberia has blamed the Central Bank of Liberia for the hike in the exchange rate of the United States dollar against the Liberian dollar.

The National Foreign Exchange Bureau official, Nimely Saye, noted that the rate is increasing on a daily basis because of the Central Bank’s inability to regulate the foreign exchange market. According Saye, if the Central Bank does not put the situation under control the rate which currently stands at 130 Liberian dollars to one U.S dollar, will rise to 150.

The Daily Observer newspaper published this story as its front page banner headline under the caption: CBL Blamed for Rise In Forex Rate…But Ex-official of Money Changers Association Blames Supply and Demand.

Other headlines include War Crimes Court for Liberia? ( The Inquirer); MRU (Mano River Union) Congratulates Ellen For Winning Mo Ibrahim Award ( The Inquirer); CBL Clarifies US$449.41 Million Issue (The Inquirer); VP Taylor Meets Heads of Disabled Organizations…Offers To Employ A Female and Male In Her Office (The Inquirer).

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