Liberian Nobel Winner Might Lose Election

    Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf talks during the second day of the 3rd Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday Nov. 30, 2010. 80 African and European Heads of State and Government and some 50 observers from third countries met in Tripoli to discuss concrete ways to stimulate inclusive growth, to create employment opportunities, and to use sustainable development as a driver for growth. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

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    Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but she might not win reelection. Johnson Sirleaf, who won the prize along with Daily Beast contributor Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, remains a hero abroad for bringing peace and growth to her war-torn country, but back home high youth unemployment and corruption have surpassed her past victories in the minds of voters. On Tuesday, Liberia holds its second election since the end of its 14-year civil war, and she faces tough competition from former Justice Minister Winston Tubman and his soccer-star running mate, George Weah. Weah nearly beat Johnson Sirleaf in 2005. More than half of Liberians are under 20 years old, and 70 percent of them are unemployed.

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