ICC prosecutor 'monitoring' Liberia elections

14th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is closely following the presidential election in Liberia, a statement from his office said Friday.

"My Office is closely monitoring election-related developments including in neighbouring countries such as Liberia, which could affect stabilisation throughout the West African region," it said.

"We will pay close attention to the actions and statements of the political class, and in particular to the presidential candidates, including after the elections.

"Resorting to violence will not be tolerated," said the statement.

Liberians voted in presidential elections Tuesday. Provisional results show new Nobel peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ahead, with Winston Tubman likely to be her opponent in a second round run-off.

Liberia is still recovering from a savage 14-year civil conflict in which some 250,000 people were killed, but observers have said the election has passed off peacefully.

© 2011 AFP

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