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Liberia crafts peace-time government despite new clashes

Liberia continued naming new ministers to a post-war government as clashes erupted in the southeast between former rebels and diehard backers of exiled president Charles Taylor. The faction sympathetic to Taylor, who stood down on August 11, paving the way for a peace accord calling for a broad-based interim government, has named five ministers to the new regime, officials said as interim leader Gyude Bryant began his second full day in office. Key Taylor-era nominees are Daniel Chea, who will retain the defence portfolio, and former county superintendent Dan Morais, who was named interior minister, the officials told AFP. The post-war government’s 21 ministries are to be shared among members of the old Taylor administration, two rebel groups, political parties and civic groups. Full Story

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