EU to send mission to Liberia ahead of vote

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The EU is planning to send a group of observers to Liberia before a general election in October, Reuters news agency reports.

“The deployment of this election observation mission confirms our long-standing commitment to supporting competitive, transparent and peaceful elections in Liberia, the oldest democracy in Africa,” Josep Borrell, the EU head of foreign policy said.

“The European Union is a close partner of Liberia and is committed to continue its support to democratic governance,” he added.

In the last election current President and former football star George Weah secured a stunning run-off victory in the country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades.