George Manneh Weah to be Liberia's 25th President

Dec 29, 2017, 00:40
George Manneh Weah to be Liberia's 25th President

President Akufo-Addo has congratulated Liberia's president-elect, George Weah.

George Weah, the former Fifa World Player of the Year, is set to be elected as Liberia's next president, the country's electoral commission has said.

"I am deeply grateful to my family, my friends, and my loyal supporters who contributed to our campaign during this extremely long election season", Weah said on twitter before the results were announced.

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

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With most ballots from Tuesday's run-off vote counted, Mr Weah is well ahead of opponent Joseph Boakai.

Liberia's Electoral Commission says it will begin the announcement of provisional results of the 2017 presidential runoff on Thursday 28 December. The failure of any candidate to secure an outright majority forced the run-off.

Weah (51) starred in top-flight European football teams Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s before playing briefly for Chelsea and Manchester City later in his career.

He entered politics after his retirement from the game in 2002 and is now a senator in Liberia's parliament. Election officials put turnout at 56%.

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The victor will replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after two terms. "Many voters are eager for change and therefore less likely to cast their ballots for the incumbent party".

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.

Taylor is serving his 50-year prison sentence in the United Kingdom for war crimes related to the conflict in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

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