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Liberia's middle class 'the core of development'

Liberia has been through years of vicious civil war and corrupt dictatorships but now has a form of democracy and there are some signs of hope for the future.

President Cuttington University in Bong County Henrique Tokpa told the Today programme's John Humphrys that with an infrastructure and the availability of loans to small businesses, the country will grow.

He went on to say that Liberia "has to grow from the bottom up by empowering people in the villages and in the countryside to rise up to become middle class".

"The middle class is the core of development," he said.

He described how after the civil war, the poor were disenchanted and not consulted on issues to do with the country but used his own development as an example of progress as he was the first generation of his family to go to school.

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