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Bush: US Not Planning New Military Bases in Africa


U.S. President George Bush visits Liberia on Thursday, the last leg of his Africa tour.

Mr. Bush praised Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Wednesday, saying she is an example of the African continent's progress on democracy. Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf took office in 2006 as Africa's first elected female president.

During his one-day visit to Liberia, Mr. Bush is expected to meet with Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf and visit a United Nations-funded teacher training project.

While visiting Ghana on Wednesday, President Bush tried to assuage fears of a U.S. military build-up on the African continent. He said the United States is not contemplating building new military bases in Africa.

He said a new U.N. military command for Africa, known as AFRICOM, is meant to help African armies better respond to conflict without the need for outside forces.
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