19 October 2016
Journal Seven: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was born in 1938 in Liberia. She was exiled two times in the 1980s for speaking against the Liberian’s government. In 2005, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf won the presidential election in 2005 and became the first female president in Liberia. Later in 2011, Ellen was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has multiple degrees in accounting, economics, and a public administration.
When Ellen won the presidential election, she promises an economic development and to end the civil war in Liberia. Later on, Ellen was known as the “Iron Lady” because she became the world’s first black female president and Africa’s first female president. When Ellen became president, the country was facing over eighty percent of unemployment. Later on in 2010, Ellen had stop almost all of the country’s debt and unemployment. Ellen also created a Truth and Reconciliation Committee or the TRC in 2006 to stop corruptions and protect ethnic tensions.
Ellen also changed the Liberian’s constitution. Before 2011, Liberian’s presidents were only allowed to run for one term. The court in Liberia decides to change the one term condition because they realized that when the constitution was made, it could not have predicted the future and the state it was in before Ellen was elected for president. By the end of 2011, Ellen won her reelection.
|Ellen giving a speech for her second term in office.|