BBC NEWS | African first for Liberian leader

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Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been sworn in as Liberia’s president, making her Africa’s first elected female leader.

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Loud cheers greeted her inauguration, with US First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice among those at the ceremony. Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf says her top challenge is to maintain peace, law and order after 14 years of civil war. Read More on BBC

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