Liberia president rejects her expulsion from political party

Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has rejected her expulsion from the governing party as illegal, saying she will appeal the decision. (Reuters)
Updated 16 January 2018
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Liberia president rejects her expulsion from political party

MONROVIA: Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has rejected her expulsion from the governing party as illegal, saying she will appeal the decision.
The Unity Party’s executive committee voted Saturday to expel the 79-year-old president, accusing her of violating the party’s constitution by refusing to support Vice President Joseph Boakai in elections. Boakai lost to soccer star George Weah in a Dec. 26 runoff vote.
Sirleaf has denied accusations she supported Weah.
Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, speaking for the president, on Tuesday said her expulsion from the party was illegal. He said a small fraction of the party’s executive committee instituted the action and didn’t follow the party constitution.
He said Sirleaf will urge the party to reverse its decision to expel her after Weah’s inauguration on Jan. 22.


Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester attack anniversary

The singer was performing at the arena when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide device last year. (Invision /AP)
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Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester attack anniversary

  • Tuesday is the anniversary of the Manchester concert bombing that killed 22 people
  • Police say 100 investigators are still working on the case

LONDON: Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans Tuesday as dignitaries, survivors, first responders and the people of Manchester gathered to mark the anniversary of the concert bombing that killed 22 people.
The pop star told survivors and the families of victims that she was “thinking of you all today and every day.”
“I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day,” she wrote in a tweet that included a bee, the civic symbol of Manchester.
Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, blew himself up as fans were leaving Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017. Twenty-two concertgoers were killed, and police say more than 800 people were left “with physical and deep psychological injuries.”
Across Manchester, a 19th-century industrial powerhouse turned diverse and creative modern city, residents made defiant statements of unity in the face of extremist violence.