Former Soccer Star Weah Wins Liberian Presidential Runoff

Former Soccer Star Weah Wins Liberian Presidential Runoff

Ekweremadu urged the former World Footballer of the Year "to reciprocate the vast goodwill and confidence reposed in him by the good people of Liberia and the worldwide community by running an all-inclusive government".

"Liberians have a certain sense of hope that George Weah will change the status quo, that he will bring transformation to the country", Ms Neaiai Pailey said.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated George Weah on his election as Liberia's next president.

Liberia's National Election Commission has declared George Weah president-elect and Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect following a December 26 runoff poll.

Boakai further advocated for the country moving on towards unity, saying, "I said throughout this campaign, it has never been about me".

"Pursuant to the authority vested in the Commission by the Constitution and the new election law of the Republic of Liberia, and based on the results just read, I, acting on behalf of the board of commissioners, do hereby declare the presidential ticket of senator George Weah and Jewel Howard-Taylor as the victor from the December 26, 2017 presidential run-off election", board president Jerome Korkoya said.

French President Emmanuel Macron hailed the ex-star striker's victory in a tweet on Friday. While the 2017 election will give way to a historic democratic transition not seen in several decades, it is also the first time in many years in the country for a loser in a presidential election to consciously accept results and concede defeat to the victor.

"And in everything that we do and say, let us always think Liberia, love Liberia, and build Liberia", he added.

And the former Monaco and PSG player in his response, used the opportunity to advise the two-time African Footballer of the Year to serve his people. Commonly known as Ma Ellen, Johnson Sirleaf defeated Weah in two previous elections.

With more than 98 percent of votes counted late Thursday, Weah had received 61.5 percent of ballots while Boakai received 38.5 percent.

Weah played with AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, among others.

Outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is at the end of her second six-year term, will transfer power to Weah in the nation's first democratic transition since 1944.

The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics more than a decade ago, will take over in January.

Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sent words of felicitations to 1995 Fifa Player of the Year, George Weah, on winning Liberia's presidential elections. A military coup took place in 1980 and a 14-year civil war ended in 2003.

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