first_imgBy George Harris & Anthony KokoiA day before the Presidential and Legislative elections, the Liberia National Police paraded the main streets of Monrovia and assured citizens of security and stability on election day which was Tuesday.Hundreds of people Monday watched in amazement as police officers demonstrated their preparedness to defend and protect the population in case of any threatening eventuality.A. Koikoi ImageThe Deputy Inspector General for Operations, Abraham Kromah, was quoted by witnesses as saying that the national police is equipped and prepared to ensure the maintenance of peace during and after Election Day.The exhibition followed seven weeks of preparation on election security and crisis management.Joint security agencies in the training included the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) and the Liberia Fire Service.There has been a level of uncertainty about Liberia remaining peaceful after the elections due to news and rumors from political camps causing some anxiety among the public.A.Koikoi ImageAdditionally, there is assurance of support from the United Nations and ECOWAS, but the maintenance of peace has been placed on the shoulders of the Liberian government.Reacting to the national police display, Alieu Kenneh, a bystander, said the exhibition has brought him some level of relief.“At first I was really worried about how Liberia will be after October 10 but from what I have seen today, I am convinced that our police can handle anything that may happen to disturb the peace that we are enjoying,” said Kenneh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic reached the final of the Madrid Open after seeing off last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem 7-6(2) 7-6(4) in a gruelling, high-quality encounter on Saturday that lasted two hours and 22 minutes.The Serbian will meet either five-time Madrid champion Rafael Nadal, the world number two, or Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final after producing his best tennis since winning the Australian Open in January.Djokovic, winner in Madrid in 2011 and 2016, was fully rested after his quarter-final opponent Marin Cilic had withdrawn because of food poisoning, while Thiem had to dig deep to beat Roger Federer in a gruelling three-setter.Thiem, who had won the Barcelona Open last month and was on an eight-match winning streak, struck an early blow by breaking Djokovic in the fourth game but the Serbian responded by winning the next three games and saved two break points in the eighth.The Serbian won the first tiebreak comfortably after some poor shot selections from Thiem but was in trouble in the second set when he trailed 4-2.He immediately broke back and had the chance to serve for the match at 6-5 but squandered the opportunity with a double fault.Yet once again Djokovic had the edge in the tiebreak, earning three match points and taking the first one as Thiem smashed a baseline backhand well out, booking his place in a first final since winning the Australian Open.Also Read | Roger Federer to play Italian Open ahead of French Open comebackAlso Read | Madrid Open: Simona Halep to face Kiki Bertens in the finalAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more