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Monday, January 26, 2004  
Liberian Fruit

The wife of Liberia's most powerful rebel leader has taken control of her husband's guerilla movement without, it seems, his consent. In fact, Sekouh Conneh has insisted that this is just "a family squabble," and that, actually, he is in charge of the militia. Unfortunately for him, Asha Keita-Conneh claims the loyalty of all of his battlefield commanders. Like a little Madame Agathe doll, she is widely regarded as being the real ideological and tactical force behind 'Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy' (or LURD for short - how marvelous!). Surrounded by her fighters, all nodding their assent, with her baby on the ground beside her, she sat in her living room in Monrovia last week, and said:

I put him there as chairman. If you open a big business and put your husband in charge, if you see that things are not going the right way, you step him aside and straighten things up. If somebody gives you something and the person wants it back, there should be no problem.

10:45 PM

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