AD121: Approaching presidential transition, Liberians supportive and critical of their democracy

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Graph: Trends in demand for and supply of democracy | Liberia | 2008-2015
Dispatches
2016
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Mina Okuru and Daniel Armah-Attoh

After a decade of relative stability that has included two presidential elections, Liberia is looking ahead to its first post-war electoral leadership transition when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s second term ends in 2017.

Less than a generation removed from civil war, the country is still rebuilding governance and economic structures, and the upcoming elections – which are already drawing candidates from more than 20 political parties – promise to put that progress to the test.

Afrobarometer survey findings suggest that Liberians can build on public support for democracy and its components, including support for regular and fair elections and multiparty competition, although overall demand for democracy is relatively weak compared to other African countries. About four in 10 Liberians consider their country “not a democracy” or “a democracy with major problems,” and half are dissatisfied with the way democracy is working in Liberia.