Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the 1st woman to lead an African country.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d’état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions.
Sirleaf placed second in the 1997 presidential election won by Charles Taylor. She won the 2005 presidential election and took office on January 16, 2006, and she was a successful candidate for re-election in 2011.
Sirleaf is the 1st elected female head of state in Africa.
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