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Newsline: U.S. ambassador in Liberia sparks controversy

Lawmakers in Liberia are outraged by strongly worded comments from the U.S. ambassador, who complained about sexist actions by the legislature over a wild political scandal involving the corruption-fighting female former acting mayor of the capital. Members of the House of Representatives accused Ambassador Deborah R. Malac of insulting the lower chamber of the Liberian legislature and interfering with domestic issues over the explosive dismissal of Acting Monrovia Mayor Mary Broh. Ms. Malac last week strongly defended Ms. Broh, calling her an “effective and tireless agent of change” for Liberia and a “strong partner” for the United States. The ambassador added her concern that the “recent political atmosphere has given rise to unprovoked verbal and physical assaults on women.”



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