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Liberia's electoral chiefs made final checks before proclaiming the former warlord Charles Taylor winner of presidential polls. Partial results on Tuesday gave him a 75-per-cent lead over 11 rivals, assuring him the job he failed to win by the gun. One of the contenders, the former foreign minister Baccus Mathews, conceded defeat and endorsed the elections as "reasonably free and fair".