Former world footballer of the year George Weah wins Liberia's presidential election

Former world footballer of the year George Weah wins Liberia's presidential election

Former world footballer of the year George Weah wins Liberia's presidential election

Liberians went to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new President in a run-off vote between Vice-President Joseph Boakai (Left) and former worldwide footballer George Weah (Right).

"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.

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.

The runoff was held on Tuesday December 26 between the country's vice president Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party and Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change.

Weah supporters paraded through the streets of the capital Monrovia and honked auto horns to celebrate the news.

Either of Mr. Boakai and ex-footballer George Weah will be declared president-elect after the announcement of the results.

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The U.S. -based Carter Center said there were "notable improvements" in the handling of Tuesday's vote from the first round in October, echoing positive assessments from other worldwide observers.

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 failure of any candidate to secure an outright majority forced the run-off.

Weah grew up in Clara Town slum in Monrovia and went on to star for AC Milan, Paris St Germain and Chelsea and become the only African to win FIFA World Player of the Year.

He entered politics after his retirement from the game in 2002 and is now a senator in Liberia's parliament.

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. Election officials put turnout at 56%.

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