Liberia One Step Closer to First Female African President
Liberians voted last Tuesday for the first time since the 14-year civil war ravaged the country under Charles Taylor. Since none of the 22 candidates received a majority vote, a runoff has been set for November 8 to decide between Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and George Weah.
Johnson-Sirleaf, 66, is a Harvard-educated economist with an impressive resume that includes the World Bank and United Nations. She would be Africa’s first elected female president if she wins the run-off next month, although she faces heavy competition with Weah, a former soccer star. The October 11 election was close, with Weah leading by 28 percent and Johnson-Sirleaf following close behind with 20 percent of votes.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .