The 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf‚ former president of Liberia‚ the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced today‚ praising its first woman recipient for her extraordinary efforts to lead her country’s recovery following civil war. The prize has not been awarded for three years‚ with the foundation stating its criteria is to find exceptional leaders. Salim Ahmed Salim‚ chair of the prize committee‚ explained in 2016: "What connects all the Laureates is the transformative impact their leadership had on their country and on their people. We expect candidates‚ through their leadership‚ to have left a very strong legacy with their country‚ including its democratic culture‚ in a far better state than when they took office. It goes far‚ far beyond requiring leaders to step down willingly at the end of their constitutional term." In its citation‚ the prize committee praised Johnson Sirleaf’s "exceptional and transformative leader...

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