Making appeals | Weah asks supporters for calm

Monrovia, Liberia | Two thousand supporters of the Congress for Democratic Change—the party of presidential candidate George Weahrallied Friday afternoon to protest results that favored Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the Nov 8 runoff. “The streets of Monrovia don’t belong to violent people,” Weah told the crowd. “Do not, in the name of peace, go in the streets and riot.”

Near the U.S. embassy, according to a United Nations Mission in Liberia report, some protesters threw stones and were dispersed by tear gas. Weah, as reported in the Christian Science Monitor, earlier had challenged the first-round results from 11 October. He claimed to have won 62 percent of the vote originally, which would have meant his outright election.

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