Liberia - Research Article from Governments of the World

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Socioeconomic Conditions and Quality of Life

Since the Tubman era, the socioeconomic conditions and the quality of life for the majority of Liberians have been horrendous. As the consequence of two civil wars, these conditions have become worse. For example, 80 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. The poverty rate is exacerbated by an unemployment rate of almost 76 percent. Life expectancy at birth is 47.9 years; similarly, the literacy rate for age fifteen and over is 57 percent.

The Government

From 1847 to 1980, the Liberian government was based on the 1847 Constitution. Under the constitution, Liberia was a unitary republic with a presidential system of government based on the American model and a liberal democratic form of government. The constitutional order—although discriminatory against the indigenes and women—provided the legal framework for the political system. However, from 1955 to 1980, the Tubman and Tolbert regimes ignored the democratic basis of...

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