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Congratulations as George Weah Reportedly Elected President of Liberia

Congratulations as George Weah Reportedly Elected President of Liberia

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.

Mr Weah, 51, will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president, in the country's first democratic handover of power since 1944.

Ms Sirleaf took office in 2006, after her predecessor President Taylor was forced out by rebels in 2003, ending a long civil war.

Weah has polled well in Bong County, the fiefdom of Liberian warlord and former president Charles Taylor and his ex-wife, Jewel Howard-Taylor, who is the former footballer's vice-presidential pick, attracting controversy to his campaign.

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

However, the Electoral Commission of Liberia are yet to declare the official results of the presidential votes. The failure of any candidate to secure an outright majority forced the run-off.

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

The Liberian former worldwide soccer legend turned politician won the first round of the polls contested by 20 presidential candidates, but he did not obtain the 50 percent plus one vote required to be declared victor.

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.

Sirleaf is stepping down after two terms as president.

He and Boakai voted in polling stations near their homes in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia, the capital of this nation of 4.6 million people.


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