George Weah, former soccer player elected as president of Liberia

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George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC),  Weah has been declared winner of Liberia’s presidential runoff vote held on December 26. The Former footballer George Weah is set to become Liberia’s president at the second attempt.

According to the National Elections Commission (NEC) Weah, 51, had garnered 61% of valid votes cast from 98.1% of votes tallied.  He is officially president elect

Mr Weah won the first round of the presidential election in October with 38.4% of the vote, compared with the 28.8% won by second-placed Mr Boakai, 73. The failure of any candidate to secure an outright majority forced the run-off.

 

President of Liberia George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Liberia, December 26, 2017
President of Liberia George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Liberia, December 26, 2017

He will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president, in Liberia’s first democratic handover in decades. Mrs Sirleaf defeated Mr Weah in the presidential election run-off in 2005, after the end of a brutal civil war

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Presidential Election: Runoff Elections Ballot counting ongoing as we wait to know the new president of Liberia

Polls closed yesterday as Liberians voted in a runoff to elect a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Counting of the votes across the country continued immediately after close of polls. The elections body says it will announce a winner latest by Friday, December 29.

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Jerome Korkoya, Elections chief in his first press conference after close of polls said the process was an improvement on the October 10 first round as processes they had put in place worked close to perfectly.

Many predicted that December 26, 2017 was not a suitable date for election, and that incidents leading to the day would have impacted the voting process.

At some polling places, there were no queues at all and the process appeared to be a walk-in-process. There was also less difficulty in finding names on the voters roll although there were few incidents were voters did not find their names.

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, at the head of the NDI observers’ delegation admitted that people were a “bit apprehensive about the turnout” but said it was significantly a successful process.

“We can say on the average that it cannot be less than 55 percent – it might be between 55 and 60 (percent) and I cannot say it will go lower than that,” he said at St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Monrovia during a quick press conference after polling closed on Tuesday.

 

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