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CIVIL WAR INSTIGATOR WINS PRESIDENCY IN LIBERIA

Charles Taylor, the former rebel chief who launched Liberia's seven-year civil war, today officially was declared the winner of presidential elections.

Liberia's elections commission said it had counted more than 90 percent of the ballots from Saturday's election and that Taylor received 75 percent of the vote.

His closest opponent, former United Nations official Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, received 9.5 percent. None of the other 11 candidates received more than 4 percent of the 621,888 votes counted so far, said Henry Andrews, chairman of the Independent Elections Commission.

Taylor's inauguration is set for Aug. 2.

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