A former professional soccer player and the incumbent vice president are leading in the first round of Liberia’s presidential election, partial results show, and may face each other in a runoff.
According to international observers, the vote has gone smoothly, despite its late start in some counties. More than 2.1 million people who have participated in the vote, preferred 51-year-old Weah to the other senior candidate, the current Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boacai.
A runoff election was widely expected with 20 candidates vying to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president. Amongs the 20 candidates are Former soccer star George Weah, Vice President Joseph Boakai, former rebel leader Prince Johnson and former Coca-Cola vice president Alexander.
Weah had confirmed his place in the runoff round against incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai on November 7, the result of 12 years spent seeking to build political credibility to match his huge popularity.