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In pictures: Liberia: Rubber republic
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After 14 years of war, Liberia has just elected a new president - Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

But she inherits a country in ruins. Just about anything of any value was either destroyed or looted during the fighting.

One exception is the Firestone rubber plantation - the largest in the world, founded in 1926.

Last year, rubber accounted for 90% of Liberia's official exports.

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