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Yearbook 1997

Liberia. The disarmament of the members of the various military groups from the civil war that began in November 1996 continued in 1997. In January, UN officials estimated that about 15,000 had been disarmed, of whom 3,400 were children.

According to Countryaah, parliamentary and presidential elections were held at the end of July. Former warlord Charles Taylor, who started the civil war in 1989, won a major victory and received 75% of the vote. His main counterpart was Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, who left a high post within the UN to participate in the reconstruction of the country. She received only 9.5% of the vote.

In the parliamentary elections, Taylor's party won the National Patriotic Party (NPP) a big victory. The party occupied 21 of the 26 seats in the Senate and 49 of the 64 seats in the House of Representatives. Only 6 of the 13 parties that took part in the parliamentary elections were allocated seats in one of the parishes. Soldiers from the West African peacekeeping force ECOMOG monitored the polling stations. Liberian and foreign election observers were also present.

Nigeria, which was the country that sent the most soldiers to the ECOMOG surveillance force, announced in December that it intended to call home its soldiers. According to the agreement concluded in Nigeria in 1996, ECOMOG's mandate expires in February 1998.

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