Samuel Kanyon Doe was a Liberian politician who served as the Liberian leader from 1980 to 1990, first as a military leader and later as a civilian. While a master sergeant in the Armed Forces of Liberia, Doe staged a violent coup d’etat in April 1980 that left him de facto head of state. During the coup, then president William Tolbert, and much of the True Whig Party leadership were executed. Doe then established the People’s Redemption Council, assuming the rank of general. Doe suspended the constitution and headed the country’s military junta for the next five years. In 1985, he ordered an election and officially became the 21st President of Liberia. The election was marked by controversy as there was evidence of election fraud. Doe had support from the United States; it was a strategic alliance due to his anti-Soviet stance taken during the years of the Cold War prior to the changes in 1989 that led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
|Born:||May 6, 1951, Tuzon, Liberia|
|Died:||September 9, 1990, Monrovia, Liberia|
|Cause of death:||Murder by Torture|
|Resting place:||Body lost or destroyed|
|Political party:||National Democratic|
|Alma mater:||Seoul National University, Liberian National University|
About Samuel Doe
Politician and 21st President of Liberia from 1980 to 1990 who was the first indigenous head of state in Liberian history.
He entered the military and was promoted to the rank of master sergeant.
His term as president ended abruptly when he was captured and killed by rebel forces intent on toppling his regime in 1990.
He married Nancy Doe.
He and Luis Carlos Galan were both politicians who were assassinated.
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- Assassinated Liberian politicians
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- People’s Redemption Council
- Krahn people
- Presidents of Liberia
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- People executed by torture
- Field marshals
- Filmed executions
- Assassinated heads of government
- Assassinated heads of state
- Leaders who took power by coup
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