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Sunday 18 February 2018

Ex-footballer George Weah and vice-president to contest Liberia's presidency

George Weah casting his vote (AP)
George Weah casting his vote (AP)

Former footballer George Weah will face vice-president Joseph Boakai in the run-off election for Liberia's presidency on November 7.

Henry Flomo, the country's national elections commission communications director, said on Tuesday that Mr Weah and Mr Boakai had reached the second round.

Neither of the two men got more than 50% of the votes which is required by the constitution to win outright in the October 10 contest.

Mr Weah got about 39% and Mr Boakai won 29% of the votes.

The second round winner will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female president who is stepping down after two terms.

Views were mixed among Liberians calling into a Tuesday morning talk show.

Some pledged support for the vice president, hoping he can continue Ms Sirleaf's development achievements.

Others supported Mr Weah in hopes of change.

AP

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