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Gyude Bryant, who led post-civil war Liberia, dies

April 16, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A minister says the transitional leader who led Liberia during its first presidential elections after civil war has died. He was 66.

Gyude Bryant has been in and out of the hospital recently. Acting Information Minister Isaac Jackson said Bryant died Wednesday afternoon at a Monrovia hospital. He would not give the cause of death.

Bryant led a transitional government for the two years following the end of the country’s civil war in 2003. His government conducted the post-war election that brought Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to power as Africa’s first democratically elected female president.

He was later charged with stealing more than $1 million from state coffers while in office, but the charges were eventually dropped.

Jackson called Bryant “a hero of democracy.” Flags will fly at half-staff on Thursday.

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