Liberia’s government and rebels signed a peace deal on Monday to set up a new administration designed to end 14 years of brutal chaos in the West African country and prepare for elections in 2005. A week after pariah leader Charles Taylor disappeared into exile, his old allies and former foes agreed in the name of peace to share power with other political parties from October and to sacrifice their own claims to ruling Liberia. But as rebel leaders and a government representative signed the agreement in Ghana, accusations flew of fighting near the war-ruined Liberian capital Monrovia where U.S.-backed West African peacekeepers have been deployed. Under the deal, President Moses Blah will step down in October for the chairman of the interim government. The chairman, who will not come from any of the warring factions, is expected to be picked this week. Full Story
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