The Supreme Court in Liberia has ordered the suspension of next week’s presidential election run-off so that it can consider allegations of fraud by a candidate who was eliminated in the first round of voting.
The court has asked the candidate, Charles Brumskine, who came third, to present his case today.
The run-off, due to be held next Tuesday, is between the front-runner, former football star George Weah, and Vice-President Joseph Boakai.
Mr Brumskine’s Liberty Party welcomed the court’s decision.
“This is a big step in the right direction,” its chairman, Benjamin Sanvee, said in a statement quoted by Reuters news agency.
“Thankfully, the court recognizes the gravity of the issues, and has taken action in defence of the law and democracy,” he added.
Mr Weah failed to secure an outright majority in last month’s election, forcing a run-off.