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Liberian rebels demand resignation of country's new leader

In a blow to Liberia’s fragile peace process, the leader of the country’s largest rebel group demanded the resignation of the country’s new leader, Gyude Bryant, and said his fighters would not lay down their arms until he went. “He doesn’t want to work with us. The only thing for Bryant now is to step down,” Sekou Damate Conneh, the head of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), told AFP in a telephone interview. Bryant, a businessman who was sworn in as Liberia’s interim “chairman” on October 14, on Thursday turned down the nominations of three senior LURD rebels for positions in his transitional government. An angry Damate Conneh warned on Friday that LURD fighters would not disarm until Bryant had stepped down and would oppose any new deployment of United Nations peacekeepers in the areas they control. Full Story

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