Soccer star George Weah wins Liberian presidential election

Liberia Polls: Soccer Legend Weah, vp Boakai Face off
Liberians Voting in Presidential Runoff Election
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29 December, 2017

President Akufo-Addo has congratulated Liberia's president-elect, George Weah.

Mr Weah, 51, won the first round of the presidential election in October with 38.4% of the vote, compared with the 28.8% won by second-placed Mr Boakai, 73.

Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female leader, is set to step down after serving 12 years.

Mrs Sirleaf defeated Mr Weah in the presidential election run-off in 2005, after the end of a brutal civil war.

With most ballots from Tuesday's run-off vote counted, Mr Weah is well ahead of opponent Joseph Boakai.

Weah supporters paraded through the streets of the capital Monrovia and honked vehicle horns to celebrate the news.

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"The electoral commission has two weeks to declare the results, but officials they will do so within four days".

The first-round winner's connections with the office of the presidency run even deeper, as Jewel Howard-Taylor - ex-wife of the revered former Liberian President Charles Taylor - is his vice-presidential pick. The failure of any candidate to secure an outright majority forced the run-off.

The senator of Montserrado County - once named Fifa World Player and victor of the much coveted Ballon d'or - defeated his 73-year-old opponent Vice President Joseph Boakai in a landslide victory in results announced in Liberia on Wednesday morning.

Weah starred in top-flight European football teams Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s before playing briefly for Chelsea and Manchester City in England later in his career.

The victor will replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after two terms.

He and Boakai voted in polling stations near their homes in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia, the capital of this nation of 4.6 million people.


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