Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sacked 10 government officials who have been “out of the country without an excuse,” amid a national Ebola crisis.
She said the officials had shown “insensitivity to our national tragedy and disregard for authority”.
The 10 were given a one-week ultimatum more than a month ago to return home.
Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are the worst-hit countries in an outbreak that has killed more than 2,400.
More than half of those killed by the Ebola virus have been in Liberia.
The 10 officials include two commissioners, six assistant ministers and two deputy ministers at the justice ministry, Wheatonia Dixon-Barns and Victoria Sherman-Lang.
A press release issued from the presidency yesterday reported that the officials had been fired “with immediate effect”.
Eight junior officials have also been warned to return to the country, and will not be paid until they do.
“Junior officials will forfeit all compensation until they return home to join in the fight against the Ebola virus disease,” the presidency said.
One is Christine Tolbert-Norman, the eldest daughter of the late former President William Tolbert who was killed in a coup in 1980. (BBC)