Samuel Doe
President of Liberia
Samuel Doe
Samuel Kanyon Doe was the 21st President of Liberia, serving from 1986 until his assassination in 1990. He had previously served as Chairman of the People's Redemption Council from 1980 to 1986. He was the first indigenous head of state in Liberian history. Doe was a part of a rural tribe in inland Liberia. The Krahn are a minority ethnic group but part of the large majority of the Liberian population that are of indigenous descent.
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Be afraid, Liberia - NewsDay
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They soldiered on, but as if that was not enough, just a day before the match at the Samuel Doe Sports Complex, Zimbabwe were subjected to more spite by the Liberians when, in an apparent act of sabotage, the locals punctured the tyres of the Warriors'
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Headless body discovered at Palm Wine factory - Ghana News Agency
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Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview at his office, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Samuel Doe, District Commander of the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa station, said following a report of the murder, the Police went to the scene in a bush
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Liberia: CDC Identifies With Muslim Community - AllAfrica.com
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The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has donated more 40 bags of rice, a sheep, and a cow to the Jacob's Town, Clara Town, and Benson Street mosques in Monrovia as they celebrated Ramadan. Speaking at the program marking the end of
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2011 Elections Daily Review - Middle East North Africa Financial Network
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... Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in 1985 won a senatorial seat on the ticket of the Liberia Action Party for Montserrado County, but being resolute against elections fraud, refused to take seat at the National Legislature under the regime of Samuel Doe
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Liberty Party Veep Franklin Siakor: War is Not Good (Speech) - The Liberian Journal
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But CIC Samuel Doe decided he was not going back to the barracks. He disappointed people who thought he was about to make history including some of the people who had come to see him as a hero for the native people. Just like President Tolbert before
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Foreign Policy: Is Liberia's Future In Her Hands? - NPR
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Sirleaf's presidency has brought the country international respectability, slow but steady economic growth, and the longest period of peace since a military coup in 1980 that put in place dictator Samuel Doe's corrupt government and eventually devolved
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Doe Alobuia Is Acting President of GNAT - Modern Ghana
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8/17/2011 2:37:11 PM - The National Executive Council of the Ghana National Associationof Teachers (GNAT) has elected Mr Samuel Doe Alobuia as acting National President of the association with immediate effect. The acting National President of the GNAT
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Illegal loggers caught in the act by Dormaahene - Ghana News Agency
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They are Samuel Doe, 31, Mohammed Issaka, 20, and Korsi Agbo, 33. The culprit had sawn nine Wawa boards and were about to saw a Cedrela tree, which they had felled into boards when they were arrested. They were handed over to the Police at Peki
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Cruauté et crimes crapuleux dans la vie politique africaine - Connectionivoirienne.net
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Qu'en est-il de Samuel Doe, l'homme qui avec ses compagnons, après avoir tué le président William Tolbert dans son lit, avaient cru bon de l'éventrer et de défenestrer son corps au petit matin du 12 avril 1980. Cette image des membres du gouvernement
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Liberian govt confers highest honour on Jonathan - Vanguard
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... of Liberia dates back to about two decades when the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida spearheaded a West African peacekeeping force, ECOMOG, to stave- off advancement of rebels, led by Charles Taylor, to oust the government of Samuel Doe
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Liberia: chasser le spectre de la guerre - Slate Afrique
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On lui doit notamment l'assassinat et la torture en partie filmée de l'ancien président Samuel Doe. La TRC recommande qu'il soit poursuivi en justice. Si une terreur comme Prince Johnson bat aujourd'hui campagne alors qu'il pourrait tout aussi bien
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Martin Jay: 'Qaddafi is our son of a bitch.' Payback Day Number 1 began today ... - Al-Arabiya
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As just one example, Qaddafi supported Charles Taylor in Liberia with arms and military training which helped him oust Samuel Doe, when Taylor could get neither financial backing from the US nor from Russia in 1989, the same year the Berlin wall was
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COL Says 'No' to the Liberian National Referendum - The Liberian Journal
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It can be recalled that by the mid-80s, with the height of repression increasing under the military junta of President Samuel Doe, there began a mass exodus of Liberians out of the country. This provision also mirrors the rather dubious and false
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A PROPOS DE CERTAINS BILANS DE LA REVOLUTION GUINEENNE DU GRAND CAMARADE, LE ... - Radio Kankan
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... la guerre civile du Libéria à Noël 1989, en y envoyant Charles Taylor pour tuer Samuel Doe ; et parce que Lansana Conté avait ''flirté'' avec les ''rébellions'' enfantées par cette guerre pendant la grande décennie qui avait suivi, (ULIMO, etc)
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Beware of the Last Minute Antics of Politicians - GhanaWeb
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Mr Samuel Doe, the former leader of Liberia who came to power in a bloody coup in 1980, is alleged to have purchased over sixty $60000 Mercedes Benz cars for his government ministers. How can a nation progress or develop if its leaders continue to
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Samuel Doe
    THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 38
    Doe was captured in Monrovia on September 9, 1990 by Prince Y. Johnson, leader of INPFL, a breakaway faction of Charles Taylor's NPFL.
    More Details Hide Details Doe had been visiting ECOMOG peacekeeping headquarters in Monrovia when Johnson arrived with his forces and seized Doe after a bloody gun battle. Doe was taken to Johnson's military base and tortured before being killed and exposed naked in the streets of Monrovia. To prove that he was not protected by black magic, his ears were cut off, then some of his fingers and toes, finally he was murdered by decapitation; his body was later exhumed and reburied. The spectacle of his torture was videotaped and seen on news reports around the world. The video shows Johnson sipping a Budweiser as Doe's ear is cut off. Doe was a Baptist. At one time, he was a member of the First Baptist Church in the town of Zwedru in Grand Gedeh County. He changed his church membership to the Providence Baptist Church of Monrovia on December 1, 1985.
    He was captured and overthrown on 9 September 1990.
    More Details Hide Details He was tortured during interrogation and executed.
  • 1989
    Age 37
    Charles Taylor, a former ally of Doe's, crossed into Liberia from Ivory Coast on December 24, 1989, to wage a guerrilla war against Doe.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor had broken out of a jail in the United States, where he was awaiting extradition to Liberia on charges of embezzlement. The conflict quickly flared into full-fledged civil war. By mid-1990, most of Liberia was controlled by rebel factions.
  • 1986
    Age 34
    Doe was formally sworn in on January 6, 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Gen. Thomas Quiwonkpa, who had been a leader of the 1980 coup along with Doe, attempted to seize power on November 12, 1985; the attempt failed after fighting in Monrovia in which Quiwonkpa was killed. Doe's corrupt and repressive government became even more repressive after the attempted coup, shutting down newspapers and banning political activity. The government's mistreatment of certain ethnic groups, particularly the Gio (or Dan) and the Mano in the north (Quiwonkpa was an ethnic Gio), resulted in divisions and violence among indigenous populations who until then had coexisted relatively peacefully.
  • 1985
    Age 33
    Doe disbanded the constitution and headed the country's military junta for the next five years. In 1985 he ordered an election and officially became the 21st President of Liberia.
    More Details Hide Details The election was marked by controversy as there was evidence of election fraud. Doe enjoyed decisive support from the United States; it was a strategic alliance due to his anti-Soviet stance taken during the years of the Cold War prior to the changes in 1989 that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Doe, a member of the Krahn tribe from inland Liberia, was the first indigenous head of state in Liberian history. His people are a largely rural minority ethnic group and indigenous, like 95% of Liberians. Historically indigenous Liberians had been marginalized in the colonial-style society developed by the group known as the Americo-Liberians, made up of immigrants and their descendants. They were descended from the free-born and formerly enslaved black people, primarily from the United States, who founded Liberia in 1847 after it had been started as a colony in the late 1820s.
  • 1984
    Age 32
    He had a new constitution approved by referendum in 1984 and went on to stage a presidential election on October 15, 1985.
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    On July 26, 1984, Doe was elected President of the Interim National Assembly.
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  • 1982
    Age 30
    During his rule, Doe portrayed himself as an enlightened leader whose actions were intended to bring "relief to many". He styled himself "Dr. Doe" starting in 1982, after making a state visit to Chun Doo-hwan in South Korea and being awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Seoul.
    More Details Hide Details After seven years of calling himself a doctor, Doe announced in 1989 that he had completed a bachelor's degree from the University of Liberia. During his first years in office, Doe openly supported U.S. Cold War foreign policy in Africa during the 1980s, severing diplomatic relations between Liberia and the Soviet Union. The United States valued Liberia as an important ally during the Cold War, as it helped to contain the spread of Soviet influence in Africa. As part of the expanding relationship, Doe agreed to a modification of the mutual defense pact granting staging rights on 24-hour notice at Liberia's sea and airports for the U.S. Rapid Deployment Forces, which were established to respond swiftly to security threats around the world. A draft constitution providing for a multi-party republic was issued in 1983 and approved by referendum in 1984.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 28
    Commanding a group of Krahn soldiers, Master Sergeant Samuel Doe led a military coup on 12 April 1980 by attacking the Liberian Executive Mansion and killing President William R. Tolbert, Jr. His forces killed another 26 of Tolbert's supporters in the fighting.
    More Details Hide Details Thirteen members of the Cabinet were publicly executed ten days later. Other public demonstrations were made to show his power and humiliate Tolbert's people before killing them. Shortly after the coup, government ministers were walked publicly around Monrovia in the nude and then summarily executed by a firing squad on the beach. Hundreds of government workers fled the country, while others were imprisoned. After the coup, Doe assumed the rank of general and established a People's Redemption Council (PRC), composed of himself and 14 other low-ranking officers, to rule the country. The early days of the regime were marked by mass executions of members of Tolbert's deposed government. Doe ordered the release of about 50 leaders of the opposition Progressive People's Party, who had been jailed by Tolbert during the rice riots of the previous month. Shortly after that, Doe ordered the arrest of 91 officials of the Tolbert regime. Within days, 11 former members of Tolbert's cabinet, including his brother Frank, were brought to trial to answer charges of "high treason, rampant corruption and gross violation of human rights." Doe suspended the Constitution, allowing these trials to be conducted by a Commission appointed by the state's new military leadership, with defendants being refused both legal representation and trial by jury, virtually ensuring their conviction.
    Then Master Sergeant Doe served as chairman of the People's Redemption Council and de facto head of state after staging a violent coup d'etat in 1980; he killed President William R. Tolbert, Jr., and executed many of his True Whig Party supporters.
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  • 1979
    Age 27
    Doe was promoted to the grade of Master sergeant on 11 October 1979 and made an administrator for the Third Battalion in Monrovia, which position he occupied for eleven months.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    It is also alleged that he changed his official birth date from 1951 to 1950 in order to meet the new constitution's requirement that the president be at least 35 years old.
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