Former Liberian president Blah laid to rest

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor (left) sits next to his vice-president Moses Blah who later took over power for two months in 2003 following Taylor's resignation. PHOTO | FILE 

Former Liberian president Moses Z Blah was Saturday laid to rest in his hometown in Nimba County located in the country's north-eastern region.

Mr Blah, 67, died April 1 in Monrovia because of cardiac arrest, according to medical sources.

The Liberian government Thursday held a state funeral for the fallen leader at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion.

He was also laid in state at the Capitol Building, the home of Liberia’s bicameral legislature where he served as vice president and president of the senate.

In her eulogy, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the fallen leader as a “quiet but caring and fine gentleman who dedicated his life, time and love to his compatriots,” adding, “The wise counsel of this true patriot will surely be missed.”

Mr Blah who served as Liberian Ambassador to Libya, ascended to the post of vice president after the death of Enoch Dogolea.

Mr Blah served for two months as president in 2003 after Charles Taylor's departure before subsequently handing power over to the defunct National Transitional Government of Liberia headed by Charles Gyude Bryant, who took the country to democratic elections in 2005.

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