Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Suspends Son Over Corruption Claim

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf suspends son over corruption probe. (Google Images)

Alphonso Toweh of The Mail & Guardian is reporting that Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has suspended her son Charles from his position as Deputy Central Bank Governor over claims of corruption. Sirleaf suspended her son along with 45 other government officials for failure to comply with anti-corruption officials by not disclosing their assets. The suspension will be lifted after they declare their assets. Toweh writes, “Corruption is seen as a big obstacle to development in the West African state, which remains one of the world’s poorest countries nearly a decade after the end of a 14-year civil war.”  Charles Sirleaf is one of President Johnson-Sirleaf’s three sons, all of whom have posts in her current administration. Robert Sirleaf is the senior adviser and chairperson of state oil company Nocal, and Fumba Sirleaf is the head of the National Security Agency.

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