George Weah wins Liberia presidential election

George Weah

Official results from the National Elections Commission show that, of the 98.1% of ballots counted from the December 26 runoff election, the standard bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), George M. Weah, has safely reached within grasp of the Liberian presidency.

A statement by the party's spokesperson, Mo Ali, explained that the party's candidate and incumbent vice president, Joseph Boakai, will also be available at the meeting.

[Weah and Boakai] are vying to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female head of state, who is stepping down after two terms.

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

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The Liberia Elections Observation Network, which had more than 1,000 observers stationed across the country, hailed a vote it said had passed calmly with better organisation than the first poll on October 10, as did observers from the European Union.

He formed the Congress for Democratic Change but was defeated by current president.

Former world footballer of the year George Weah has won Liberia's presidential election.

The vote was delayed for seven weeks due to legal challenges lodged by Boakai's Unity Party against the electoral commission over the conduct of the first round of voting.

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George Weah played for some of Europe's biggest club during a glittering football career, but turned to politics in 2005.

Early reports indicate that Weah has indeed won the run-off.

Charles Taylor is serving a 50-year sentence in Britain for war crimes committed in neighbouring Sierra Leone, but his presence has loomed over the election.

But Weah was similarly resolute that his second run for the presidency would be successful. Weah won the largest share of the vote in the initial election and will likely be confident in confirming his Presidential status once results are officially released.

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