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Liberia vote: Prince Johnson backs President Sirleaf

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    Former rebel leader Prince Johnson, who came third in Liberia's election, says he will back Nobel Peace Prize-winner President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the second round.
    "She is the lesser of two evils," he told the BBC. Forces loyal to Mr Johnson infamously filmed the torture and murder of dictator Samuel Doe.
    Mrs Sirleaf's opponent will be former UN diplomat Winston Tubman
    This is Liberia's second election since the end of a 14-year civil war in 2003.
    With almost all the ballots counted, Mrs Sirleaf has 44% against 32% for Mr Tubman, with Mr Johnson on 12%.
    A candidate needs most than 50% for outright victory.
    Over the weekend, opposition parties - including those of Mr Tubman and Mr Johnson - said they were pulling out of the election, accusing the National Elections Commission (NEC) of rigging it in favour of the incumbent.
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    But Mr Tubman has since confirmed that he will take part in the run-off, provisionally set for 8 November.
    Mrs Sirleaf, who was earlier this month awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, won the 2005 election to become Africa's first female elected head of state.
     
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