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US seeks stronger democracies, partners in Africa

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week is taking stock of democratic advances in West Africa after an intense year of diplomacy preoccupied by the Arab Spring.

The region's improvements in multiparty governance and the rule of law have come in fits and starts, and often on the back of political violence.

In Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won a second term in an election that likely would have been declared free and fair, only to be marred when the opposition leader called for a boycott, forcing Sirleaf to run unopposed.

Clinton attended Sirleaf's swearing in ceremony Monday and offered her strong support. She meets Tuesday with the presidents of Ivory Coast and Togo, and the prime minister of Cape Verde.

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