Country of the World Liberia

About the country Liberia, its location, size, population, leaders and rulers.

NATIONS AND THEIR RULERS

LIBERIA

NITTY-GRITTY

Lay of the Land: In southwestern West Africa, Liberia is bordered on the north by Guinea, on the east by the Ivory Coast, on the south by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west by Sierra Leone. The coastal sands give way to lush jungle growth invigorated by an eight-month rainy season.

Size: 43,000 sq. mi. (111,400 sq. km.), about the size of Tennessee.

Population: 1.8 million.

Who Rules: The Liberian government is modeled after that of the U.S., complete with elected president and vice-president, Congress, and a Supreme Court. A couple of slight differences: The president is elected first for an eight-year term; he then can stand for reelection to a limitless number of four-year terms. All presidential candidates must own $2,500 worth of land, lien-free.

Who REALLY Rules: Pres. William R. Tolbert, a past president of the World Baptist Alliance and a good friend of evangelist Billy Graham, took office on the death of his predecessor in 1971. The U.S. government and American corporations have bailed the country out of several fiscal crises. Although political activity is relatively free and open, one party, the True Whig party, has held power for over a century.

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