Last updated: 26 january, 2010 - 07:33 GMT


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When Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was running for office, she boldly told this programme that once elected into office, she would only serve one six year term.

But a week in politics is a long time and 5 years is an eternity.

Yesterday, president Johnson-Sirleaf made a major U-turn when she announced that she will seek a second six-year term in next year's elections.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf delivered her annual message to a joint session of the law-making body, the National Legislature, last night.

But the 71-year-old President's campaign promise in 2005 that she would not seek a second term, coupled with her age is what many of her opponents see as reasons for her to reconsider her decision to run again..

The BBC's Jonathan Payleyleh has been talking to both sides of the debate and sent this report

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