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Ex-footballer George Weah elected President of Liberia

29 December 2017, 12:40 | Bernice Figueroa

Ex-footballer George Weah elected President of Liberia

Official Results: George Weah Wins 62% Votes, Thanks Supporters

Football great George Weah has reportedly been elected the new President of Liberia after nationwide polls on Boxing Day.

The National Elections Commission (NEC) said on Thursday that with 98.1% of the run-off vote counted, Mr Weah had won 61.5% of the vote while Mr Boakai was far behind with 38.5%.

Governor Fayose called on the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres to withdraw the nomination of Obassanjo as a mediator in Liberia, noting that; "Obasanjo, who was a major actor in the Liberia's 2005 election crisis lacked moral rights to be a mediator in the affairs of that country now that it had the first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected leader to another in more than 70 years".

The ballot was delayed for seven weeks due to legal challenges lodged by Boakai's Unity Party against the electoral commission over the conduct of the first round of voting, but numerous complaints appeared to have been addressed in the second round.

Weah played for some of Europe's biggest clubs, including Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Chelsea and Marseille, and won several domestic titles, as well as numerous individual honours during a glittering career that lasted 18 years following his debut for Liberian club, Mighty Barrolle, in 1985.


Boakai and Weah were the top vote-getters in the October 10 election, with Weah getting 38.4 percent and Boaki coming in second with 28.8 percent. Election officials put turnout at 56%.

He will rather compound the problems in Liberia because I don't see him being trusted by the President-Elect, whom he (Obasanjo) openly worked against in 2005 to impose the outgoing President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for reasons best known to him.

More than two million people were eligible to cast their ballots in the nation of 4.6 million people.

Weah has also fended off barbs over his vice-presidential pick, Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of jailed former president and warlord Charles Taylor.

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



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