n Conflict Trends - Moving toward constitutional reform in Liberia : how legitimate is the process?

Volume 2015, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Constitutional reform could potentially set Liberia on a sustained path of peace and development, provided it produces a legitimate outcome and addresses the underlining problems of governance and power relations. The country's history has been chequered by autocratic rule, economic decline, military dictatorship and long years of civil war(1989-2003). The election of a civilian government in 2006to replace the transitional (factional) government - formed as part of the peace process in 2003 - paved the way for sustainable peace, and brought opportunities to carry out sweeping reforms in government. Inheriting a bloated civil service and the onerous task of reconstruction and peacebuilding, the government initiated a range of reform stouching nearly all sectors of national life - the public sector, civil society and the private sector have all been affected by the reform programmes initiated since 2006.

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