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Wife overthrows husband as head of Liberian rebels

The leader of Liberia’s main rebel movement was declared overthrown yesterday by his wife, who announcedthat she was taking power from her husband with the backing of dozens of his former commanders. Asha Keita-Conneh made the announcement surrounded by rebel fighters. She is considered to be the power behind her husband’s Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (Lurd) guerrilla movement. “I put him there as chairman. If you open a big business and put your husband in charge, if you see that things are not going the right way, you step him aside and straighten things up,” said Mrs Keita-Conneh. The feud threatens to destabilise Liberia’s six-month-old, internationally brokered peace by opening a lasting rift between armed loyalists of husband and wife. Full Story

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