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

Yes, what I meant was that you had a situation where a number official organs of government and administration in effect had little power and sometimes very few funds and the formal responsibilities or duties of those administrations were often in fact implemented by unofficial networks of people who nevertheless owed their loyalty to President Taylor. So, it was a bit like I believe what is known as Potemkin villages; that is to say structures which from a distance look like proper buildings but in fact they are only two-dimensional.

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