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IV.West Africa

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The comparative quiet that characterised 2005 by and large continued. Only a couple of countries faced elections, while the political scene in others was affected by the prospect of electoral confrontations in coming years. Yet other countries entered a downward phase in political instability. While the political impasse in Cô te d' Ivoire continued with low levels of violence, life in Nigeria carried on under the mark of violent confrontations, which did not, however, threaten the federation with break-up. The south western forest zone remained calm as the newly elected government of President Johnson-Sirleaf assumed power in Liberia, assisted by the removal of former warlord-president Charles Taylor to the Netherlands. The sub-region's human rights situation remained mixed. The upturn in the economy continued with growth rates averaging from 3% to 6%. High petrol prices continued to have an uneven socioeconomic impact.

Keywords: Johnson-Sirleaf; Netherlands; Nigeria; political instability; socioeconomic impact; southwestern forest zone; West Africa



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