The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

We had first of all to defeat Doe. We did not know how long that would take. We were making rapid progress. But following the defeat of Doe it meant that you had to put into place the structures that would probably enable a democratic process.

And what do I mean by structures? First there would have to be an interim arrangement of a government of a sort and in even dealing with electoral processes you have to deal with, what, voters' registration. You had to deal with probably some Parliamentary source and we had not quite figured that out to get election laws promulgated. We would have needed the cooperation of the international community, election advisors. It's a whole process. So by saying here "practically possible", I'm describing that process that we had to go through to secure an enabling environment for free and fair elections.

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