Obama urges Liberians to go to polls

November 8, 2011 01:43

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama encouraged Liberians to vote in Tuesday's presidential election, saying the vote could help strengthen the country's democracy.

"We encourage all voters of all political preferences to exercise their universal right to participate in the democratic process - all Liberians should have the ability to exercise this right without fear of violence or intimidation," Obama said in a statement.

On the eve of the election, clashes and sporadic gunfire broke out in Monrovia, killing at least one person after riot police fired tear gas.

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