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Liberia's President names new finance minister, central bank governor

Liberia's President names new finance minister, central bank governor

Liberia

Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has named new finance minister and central bank governor as the country seeks to recover from a two-year Ebola outbreak.

The epidemic, the world’s worst on record, has killed more than 11,300 people across the region, more than 4,800 of them in Liberia.

Former Central Bank deputy governor for economic policy, Boima Kamara was named Minister of Finance and Development, replacing Amara Mohamed Konneh who will take up a position with the World Bank next month, Reuters reports.

President Sirleaf also named Milton Weeks, previously a member of the board of the Central Bank, as its new governor. He replaces Charles Sirleaf, the president’s son, who was named interim governor in February after Joseph Mills Jones stepped down to prepare to run for the presidency in polls next year.

Sirleaf has strong ties with Washington and is credited with helping the country recover from a civil war that ended in 2003.She is expected to step down next year due to a two-term limit.