Liberia leader seeks more power to fight Ebola

2014-10-10 14:40
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Monrovia - Liberian lawmakers are to meet in special session to debate granting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf more powers to confront the Ebola crisis, including placing restrictions on movement and public gatherings.

State media said the session would begin on Friday morning.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner's request for broader authority has fuelled criticism of how she's responded to the epidemic. Critics have described a quarantine imposed on a Monrovia shantytown in August and restrictions on media outlets covering Ebola as ineffective and heavy handed.

The World Health Organisation says Ebola has killed more than 3 800 people in West Africa. Liberia has been hardest hit with more than 2 000 deaths.

Sirleaf declared a state of emergency in August. Her government announced Thursday that Senate elections scheduled for next week would be postponed.

Read more on:    ellen johnson sirleaf  |  liberia  |  ebola  |  health  |  west africa

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