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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
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24th President of Liberia
In office
16 January 2006 – 22 January 2018
Vice President Joseph Boakai
Preceded by Gyude Bryant
Succeeded by George Weah
Personal details
Born 29 October 1938 (1938-10-29) (age 82)
Monrovia, Liberia
Political party Unity Party
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Madison
Harvard University

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th President of Liberia serving from 2006 through 2018. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.

Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen. The women were recognized "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work."


Speeches
  • Address to US Congress in Joint Session 15 March 2006 TXT PDF
Profiles and interviews


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