Liberia. In January, politician and businessman Harry
Greaves was found dead on a beach in the capital, Monrovia.
Greaves had previously served as advisers to Presidents
Gyude Bryant and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and head of the state
oil company Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC).
However, after being accused of corruption, Greaves became
one of the government's strongest critics. According to
countryaah, the current population of Liberia is 5,057,692.
conducted by American pathologists showed that Greaves
drowned, but injuries to the body and the fact that Greaves
disappeared from a hotel near the beach two days before his
body was found gave rise to various rumors. However, the
autopsy report showed that the injuries could very well have
occurred after Greave's death.
In February, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed
his son Charles Sirleaf to the post of acting governor of
the country's central bank. This since the resignation of
Governor Joseph Mills Jones to concentrate on his candidacy
in the upcoming presidential election 2017. In April, a new
Governor of the Central Bank, Milton Weeks, was appointed
and Charles Sirleaf returned to the position of Deputy
Governor. On the same day, President Johnson Sirleaf
appointed a new finance minister, Boima Kamara, to replace
Amara Mohamed Konneh, who was given a job at the World Bank.
In May, the international organization Global Witness
released a report that British mining company Sable Mining
paid bribes to high-ranking politicians in Liberia with the
help of Liberian lawyer Varney Sherman, who also chaired the
ruling Unity Party. In this way, Sable Mining sought to pass
a legislative amendment that would allow the company to have
the right to mine iron ore in the northern part of the
country. However, the lucrative contract did not go to the
British. Among those named in the report as recipients of
bribes were Fombah Sirleaf, son of the president and head of
the country's security service, House Speaker Alex Tyler and
Ernest CB Jones, former rural minister. President Johnson
Sirleaf responded to the corruption revelations by
appointing a special investigation.
In April, a new case of Ebola fever was discovered in
Liberia. Together with Guinea and Sierra Leone, the country
was the hardest hit during the 2014-15 epidemic. The woman,
who was in her 30s, fell ill and died after a visit to
Guinea. In June, the World Health Organization WHO declared
Liberia free from the dreaded disease. In the same month,
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female chairman of
the West African collaborative organization ECOWAS. In July,
the UN force handed UNMIL the responsibility for the
country's security to the national army and the police.
However, just over 1,200 UN soldiers and around 600 police
officers will still be posted in Liberia in the event of a