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Rift deepens over command of Liberia's main rebel group

Tensions over control of Liberia’s main rebel group after the ouster of chairman Sekou Damate Conneh deepened as a top rebel leader insisted Conneh was still in charge. It was the 1999 uprising by Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) against former president Charles Taylor’s regime that sparked four years of civil war in the west African state. LURD controlled some four-fifths of the Atlantic coastal nation until mid-August, when Taylor accepted exile in Nigeria to pave the way for peace and a power-sharing pact that gave the rebels, the former government and the political opposition seats in a transitional government. A group calling itself LURD’s “military high command” on Thursday announced that they had replaced Conneh with his estranged wife Aisha Keita Conneh, after accusing him of trading LURD’s posts in the transitional government for money. Full Story

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