George Manneh Weah to be Liberia's 25th President

George Manneh Weah to be Liberia's 25th President

George Manneh Weah to be Liberia's 25th President

In the first round of voting on October 10, Weah claimed 38.4 percent of the votes while Boakai took 28.8 percent.

Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female leader, is set to step down after serving 12 years.

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

Football great George Weah has reportedly been elected the new President of Liberia after nationwide polls on Boxing Day.

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

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Meanwhile, CDC Vice Chairman for Operations Mr. Mulbah Morlu has urged partisans to remain calm and wait for the official pronouncement from the NEC.According to him, it is clear that the CDC is now the ruling party, but notes that it is just the matter of days for the electoral house to declare them as victor.

Weah, who won the Fifa World Player of the Year award in 1995, will become Liberia's next president after winning 61.5 per cent of the vote and defeating the ruling Unity Party's Joseph Boakai in the 2017 election. His failure to secure an outright majority forced a run-off. Election officials put turnout at 56%.

The 51-year-old, of the Congress for Democratic Change party, will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president next month following an election fraught with fraud and irregularities accusations, report The Guardian.

Weah has also fended off barbs over his vice-presidential pick, Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of jailed former president and warlord Charles Taylor.

More than two million people were eligible to cast their ballots in the nation of 4.6 million people.

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