Global News

Weah, Boakai in the run-off ballot

Weah, Boakai in the run-off ballot

The first African player to win both FIFA's World Player of the Year trophy and the Ballon d'Or, Weah was largely absent from Liberia during the 1989-2003 civil war period, playing for a string of top-flight European teams including PSG and AC Milan.Liberian Vice President and presidential candidate Joseph Boakai (C) attends to cast his vote at a polling station in Monrovia during presidential elections on October 10, 2017. Charles Brumskine, a lawyer, was a distant third with 9.7%.

Weah and Boakai lead the 20-candidate field to succeed Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in what would be Liberia's first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years. However, in Monrovia, where 40% of the 2.1 million voters live, Weah has reportedly won more than 50% of votes, against 26.6% for his challenger Boakai.

Observers from the US -based Carter Center and National Democratic Institute (NDI) also said they had not identified any major issues with the voting or subsequent counting.

The election is to choose a successor to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Africa's first elected female president and a Nobel Peace laureate.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Supports Releasing Russia-linked Advertisements
She said only that the role Facebook plays in elections "go beyond any one campaign, any one country". Sandberg told Axios: "When you cut off speech for one person, you cut off speech for other people".


"The Secretary-General commends the efforts of the National Elections Commission and security institutions for this important milestone in the history of Liberia", said a statement issued by his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

However, parties supporting three of the 20 candidates have alleged irregularities and said they would contest the result, Reuters reported. "We believe we are the viable alternative", Wilmot Paye, national chairman of Boakai's Unity Party, told AFP. However, many Liberians complain about poor public services and widespread corruption and say they are eager for a new president.

Liberia, Africa's oldest modern republic, was founded by freed USA slaves in 1847 but its last democratic power transfer occurred in 1944.

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


  • Nadal equals Agassi record with win in Shanghai

    Nadal equals Agassi record with win in Shanghai

    In the quarterfinals, Nadal will play sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who got past Sam Querrey of the US 6-3, 7-6 (3). Dimitrov, at 2-2 in the decisive set, had Nadal's back to the wall and forced the Spaniard to survive a break point.

    UK's May signals plan to demote Foreign Minister Johnson, newspaper says

    Senior Tories from Home Secretary Amber Rudd to Environment Secretary Michael Gove have rallied behind her in recent days. Earlier on Monday, the fifth round of Brexit talks began in Brussels. "I've got a job at the moment", she said.
    GST simplified for SMEs, exporters

    GST simplified for SMEs, exporters

    FIEO had earlier said that micro and small exporters are particularly hit by GST as they have to borrow money to pay taxes. The government may also bring down GST rate on several goods and services to stem the slowdown in the economy.
  • Owners of 'Breaking Bad' house build fence around property

    Owners of 'Breaking Bad' house build fence around property

    On the "Better Call Saul Insider" podcast , creator Vince Gilligan even told fans to stop recreating the scene. White didn't just toss the pizza out for no reason, though. "We're the ones who's being locked up".
    Hyderabad T20I called off, India-Australia series tied

    Hyderabad T20I called off, India-Australia series tied

    India skipper Virat Kohli and Australia s stand-in captain David Warner shared the honours with the series ending drawn 1-1. The tourists won by eight wickets in the second ODI on Tuesday after a nine-wicket Duckworth-Lewis loss in the opener.
    TV Journalist Says Harvey Weinstein Masturbated In Front Of Her

    TV Journalist Says Harvey Weinstein Masturbated In Front Of Her

    She claims she once again pointed out that she was in a relationship and ended the call and all communication with Weinstein. His attorney Lisa Bloom also resigned on Saturday, despite initially defending him after he retained her as an advisor.
  • Turkish Officials to Boycott Meetings with US Ambassador: Erdogan

    Ukraine and Turkey have agreed to bring bilateral trade to $10 billion as soon as possible, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

    New Google earbuds offer real-time translation feature

    Interestingly, the iPhone 8 has the same price tag as the Google Pixel 2 , yet there's no wireless charging support on the latter. Apart from Flipkart , you will be able to get the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from certain offline retailers that are listed here.
    Late Kane Winner Sends England To Russia After Turgid Display v Slovenia

    Late Kane Winner Sends England To Russia After Turgid Display v Slovenia

    We haven't learned anything new", he told Omnisport. "In the end, it's crucial for English football to be at the World Cup ". However, amidst all the negativity, a simple fact cannot be ignored, England have qualified for FIFA's showpiece event.
  • Former US Defense Secretary expresses concern about Trump's NK tweets

    Former US Defense Secretary expresses concern about Trump's NK tweets

    Seoul says North Korea has repeatedly staged cyberattacks on South Korean business and government websites. On the same day as Trump's meeting with military leaders, the U.S.

    North Korea Apparently Tried To Hack Into American Power Companies

    The White House said Trump met with members of his national security team on Tuesday to discuss the growing threat from the North. In addition to the missile tests, it has conducted six nuclear tests since 2006, including the most powerful one on September 3.
    Apple Unveils New Emojis For iPad And iPhone

    Apple Unveils New Emojis For iPad And iPhone

    One benchmarking firm tackled that argument, checking models as old as the iPhone 5S for performance in iOS 9, 10, and 11. Hopefully, these benchmark results will finally put to rest the allegation that Apple is slowing down your iPhone.