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Pres. Sirleaf returns, vows to punish student protesters

Joseph T. Koon/Benjamin S. Taingay
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has frowned at recent students' violent demonstration in Margibi County and vowed to take drastic actions.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said students involved in the violent demonstration would be dealt with, any teacher connected would be sacked and that their respective schools shut down.

She made the statement Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the Roberts International Airport upon her return home from the 71st UN General Assembly in New York, the United States.

President Sirleaf said the action by the students, blocking Roberts International Airport, caused huge losses to airlines and travelers.

Students in Margibi County Monday went on the rampage, blocking major routes and damaging public facilities, including those of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, County Service Center, among others.

In a related development, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says her call for international support to the 2017 elections was highly embraced.

President Johnson-Sirleaf, however, said it would require time and continued engagements with the international community for the desired results to be realized.

The Liberian Leader noted that international support to the 2017 elections was necessary to ensure a smooth electoral process.

On the margin of the 71st UN General Assembly, she called for support to the pending elections that will mark Democratic hand over of one regime to the other.

The Liberian Leader made it emphatically clear that she has no intention of interfering with the pending elections.

Meanwhile, the Liberian President says she prefers not to comment on Speak Alex Tyler's removal on grounds that she was not well informed about the situation.



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