World Bulletin / News Desk
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he has lifted sanctions against Liberia given democratic progress made in the country.
In a letter to Congress, Obama noted Liberian presidential elections in 2005 and 2011 as "internationally recognized as freely held", the conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in 2012 and UN Security Council decision in September to lift sanctions on Liberian officials involved in a civil war.
"I have determined that the situation that gave rise to this national emergency has been significantly altered by Liberia's advances to promote democracy and the orderly development of its political, administrative, and economic institutions," said Obama.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush placed sanctions on Liberia in 2004 reasoning that Taylor did not implement a cease-fire to end a 14-year civil in the country.
The sanctions targeted former senior government officials and close allies and family of Taylor who triggered a civil war in 1989.
After being elected president in 1997, another civil war continued until 2003 when Taylor fled the country. He was sentenced to 50 years of in prison in 2012.
The Liberian government will assume security of the country from a UN mission in 2016 ahead of presidential elections in 2017.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Kasım 2015, 09:05