Liberia’s President Joseph Boakai has chosen retired brigadier general Geraldine George as the acting defense minister, making her the first woman in this role.

Her appointment follows protests by soldiers’ wives, which led to the resignation of her predecessor. George, who joined the army during its reconstruction after the civil war, has risen through the ranks and served as deputy chief of staff for six years.

The previous defense minister stepped down amid complaints about low wages and poor living conditions for soldiers.

President Boakai’s decision comes after tensions escalated with roadblocks set up by protesting women, causing the cancellation of National Army Day celebrations.

Boakai became president after narrowly defeating George Weah in a runoff election last November.

(Adapted from BBC News)

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