Monday 17 December 2018

Former football star George Weah set to win Liberian presidential election

George Weah prepares his ballot during presidential elections at a polling station in Monrovia, Liberia
George Weah prepares his ballot during presidential elections at a polling station in Monrovia, Liberia

Former international footballer George Weah will win Liberia's presidency, according to provisional results released by the National Elections Commission.

With 98% of votes counted, Weah has the majority of support in Tuesday's run-off.

George Weah during his football career
George Weah during his football career

The elections commission says Weah received 61.5% of the votes counted, while Vice President Joseph Boakai got 38.5%.

The two were vying to replace Africa's first female president, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The vote is the first time in more than 70 years that the West African nation founded by freed American slaves is seeing one democratically elected government hand power to another.

Final results are expected on Friday.

Weah led the first round of voting on October 10 but did not get enough votes to win outright.

Reuters

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