Nobel prize-winning rights advocate Leymah Gbowee has quit her post in Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s government, criticising her fellow laureate for corruption and nepotism, her spokesman said on Monday.
Gbowee and Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first freely elected female head of state when she came to power in 2005, were named joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for their work promoting peace in Liberia.
Gbowee, who helped Johnson-Sirleaf get reelected to a second term last year, is credited with helping to end Liberia’s civil war by organising ‘sex strikes’ among the wives of fighters.
She had been serving as head of Liberia’s Peace and Reconciliation Commission.
Omecee Johnson said that Gbowee resigned over concerns Johnson-Sirleaf had failed to root out corruption and nepotism in her government, but he declined to elaborate.