George Weah elected Liberian president

29 December, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Liberian football hero George Weah is a frontrunner in next Tuesday's presidential elections

Vote counting has begun in Liberia following a peaceful run-off election for a new president on Tuesday, pitting former global footballer George Weah against Vice-President Joseph Boakai.

Weah has defeated Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party, judging by the provisional results.

The victor of the election will replace Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Africa's first democratically elected president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Sirleaf's tenure as Liberia's president ended decades of conflict and civil war in the African nation.

Weah retired from professional football in 2003 and soon became involved in politics when he formed the Congress of Democratic Change in 2005.

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has congratulated the newly elected President of Liberia, George Opong Weah, describing him as someone destined by God to be president.

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As Liberia's most famous son, Weah attracts huge crowds and has a faithful youth following in a country where a fifth of the electorate is aged between 18 and 22.

He said "the emergence of George Weah as Liberia President 12 years after he was short-changed by those who wielded power at that time is a further confirmation that that there is no God in man".

Charles Taylor is serving a 50-year sentence in Britain for war crimes committed in neighbouring Sierra Leone, but his presence has loomed over the election.

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.

Weah led the first round of voting on October 10 but didn't get enough votes to win outright.

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