Ex-warlord Johnson in Liberia quits his own party

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Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 1:08 PM

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Prince Johnson, a former warlord best known for videotaping himself as he ordered the torture of Liberia's ex-president, announced that he is quitting the political party he founded.

For years since the end of Liberia's civil war, Johnson has tried to erase his violent past, first becoming a pastor and later running for office. He was already a senator when he founded the National Democratic Union Party to run for president in the 2011 election. On Friday, he told The Associated Press he was leaving the party because the party's executives "do not have regard for me as the standard-bearer, founder and financier."

In 1990, Johnson's rebel group kidnapped then-President Samuel Doe. In the hours before Doe's execution, Johnson videotaped himself sipping beer, while his men cut off Doe's ears.

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