Liberia’s Howard-Taylor: the Jewel in George Weah’s crown

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Liberian presidential candidate George Weah’s running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor began life in politics as first lady to former warlord leader Charles Taylor, but has since established a formidable political reputation in her own right.

Former international Liberian football star turned politician, and presidential election candidate George Weah (C) waits prior to casting his vote for Liberia’s presidential and legislatives elections, at a polling station in Monrovia on October 10, 2017.
Liberians head to the polls on October 10 to elect a new president in a contest set to complete the country’s first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years. / AFP PHOTO

Howard-Taylor was a surprise pick for vice-president on the ticket of the footballer turned politician, as many expected her to run for the top job herself.

Her National Patriotic Party (NPP) was formed in 1997 by…



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