Liberia’s Sirleaf wins $5m Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership:
Liberia’s ex-president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has won the $5m Mo Ibrahim prize for African Leadership.
Mrs. Sirleaf, who resigned last month, became Africa’s first elected female president in 2006.
She was praised for her work rebuilding the nation after the civil war and leading a process of reconciliation.
The prize committee admitted that although Ms. Sirleaf was accused of tolerating corruption, she had shown outstanding leadership in difficult circumstances.
It added that Liberia was the only nation out of 54 to improve in every category and sub-category of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.
Mrs. Sirleaf served two terms as president but couldn’t run again in recent polls, which were won by former footballer George Weah.
Her own party has expelled her, alleging she had campaigned for Mr. Weah rather than her party’s candidate.