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Liberian civil war, National Patriotic Party, Charles Taylor, Liberians, assassination attempt

An ECOMOG disarmament program was initiated under the August 1996 peace agreement. Barring some minor skirmishes and an assassination attempt on Taylor, the disarmament proceeded smoothly. ECOMOG forces cleared land mines and reopened the country’s roads, allowing refugees to begin returning from neighboring countries and humanitarian aid to reach the previously inaccessible interior. The disarmament program was declared a success in January 1997. Under considerable international scrutiny, presidential and legislative elections were held in July. Charles Taylor, the man who instigated the Liberian civil war eight years earlier, was elected president by a landslide, and his political party, the National Patriotic Party, won a majority of seats in the National Assembly. The elections were judged free and fair by international election observers. Taylor has sought to rebuild the economy and heal the wounds left from the Liberian civil war, which killed more than 150,000 Liberians and displaced well over 1 million between 1989 and 1996.



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Liberian civil war, National Patriotic Party, Charles Taylor, Liberians, assassination attempt, legislative elections, peace agreement, landslide, land mines, National Assembly, humanitarian aid, neighboring countries, political party, refugees, majority of seats, president, economy, wounds, success, years

 
 

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