Liberia. In February, an independent report on what happened to the newly printed banknotes worth a total of Liberian $ 15.5 billion (equivalent to close to US $ 100 million) was presented, which according to a rumor had disappeared in the fall of 2018. The investigation showed that the banknotes were stored in the central bank’s cash register. Several central bank executives were criticized for not having control over the banknote flow and for having printed far more banknotes than they were entitled to do. In August, five previously high-ranking officials at the central bank were brought to trial, accused of refusing to claim part of the profits for millions of newly printed banknotes 2016-18. Among the defendants were former Governor of the Central Bank Charles Sirleaf, the son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
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In June, President George Weah invited the opposition to a roundtable talk through a radio talk where the country’s economic crisis would be discussed. Just a week earlier, a newly formed opposition group called the Patriotic Council had organized public protests that attracted thousands of people on the streets of the capital, Monrovia. The participants showed their dissatisfaction with the high inflation and corruption among the power holders. In addition, demands were made that human rights should be respected to a greater extent than before. Unless an action plan was drawn up within four weeks, new protests would be organized. President Weah was persuaded by the West African cooperation organization ECOWAS and the African Union (AU) to abandon plans to organize counter-demonstrations. In his speech, he acknowledged that the designated problems exist, but he claimed that these were a legacy of the previous administration. He also expressed his appreciation that the opposition protests were peaceful.
In September there were reports that about 20 people died during the year in lasso fever, a viral infection that is transmitted to the group of haemorrhagic fever (haemorrhagic fever) and spread with rodent urine and from person to person via blood. There is no specific treatment for the disease. Deaths are generally uncommon.
According to CountryAAH, the population of Liberia in 2019 was 4,937,263, ranking number 123 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.460% yearly, and the population density was 51.2601 people per km2.