Sunday 15 September 2019

Former footballer George Weah leads ahead of Liberia presidency run-off poll

Former footballer George Weah is the frontrunner
Former footballer George Weah is the frontrunner

The presidential election in Liberia appears to be heading to a run-off vote.

The head of the National Elections Commission said on Sunday that former football superstar George Weah maintains his lead in the election, but only has 39% of the vote.

Vice president Joseph Boakai has about 29%.

The remaining votes were spread across a crowded field of 18 other candidates.

The latest results represent about 95% of all ballots cast.

Since only 5% are left to count, officials say a second round vote looks likely.

A run-off vote must be held within two weeks after final results are declared.

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


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