The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed sadness over the emergence of Donald Trump as the President of the USA, saying voters let go the chance to elect a woman as president.
Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected a head of state in Africa, also expressed concern about what Trump’s policy towards Africa would be.
“We are extremely saddened by this missed opportunity on the part of the people of the United States to join smaller democracies in ending the marginalisation of women.”
In an interview with BBC television, she said that Liberia, a nation founded in the 19th century by freed American slaves, had a long and historical relationship with the United States and she expected that to continue.
“We are concerned as to whether President-elect Trump will have an African agenda, will be able to build bridges with Africa. We can only hope that he will do so in due course.
“I’m worried about trade deals for Liberia, for Africa. I’m worried about investment and the special programmes that have been put in place by President Obama and by President George Bush before him, and we just don’t know what the policy towards Africa will be.”
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