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Rebel split on new Liberia leader

One of Liberia’s two main rebel groups has denied signing a statement calling for transitional leader Gyude Bryant to stand down. Earlier it was reported that both groups – Lurd and Model – had issued a joint statement. A Model official said it wanted Mr Bryant to stay despite accusations that he was not being transparent. The disagreement comes only months after a peace deal was signed ending more than 10 years of civil war. A Liberian Government spokeman rejected the call for Mr Bryant to resign, saying he was one of the few politicians who had stood up to the previous leader, Charles Taylor, who is in exile in Nigeria. At last year’s peace talks between both rebel goups, loyalists of Mr Taylor and the civilian opposition, all parties agreed on Mr Bryant as the leader of a transitional power-sharing government tasked with organising elections. Full Story

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