Saturday , 24 March 2018

Liberia Election: George Weah won Presidential run-off

Former Liberian footballer, George Weah will be sworn in as Liberia’s President after Tuesday run-off vote count, report stated on Thursday.

The recent election was another attempt made by Mr Wear to takeover the Liberia’s Presidential sit.

Weah is ahead of opponent Joseph Board in vote counts, so as to succeed Ellen Johnson sirleaf, who is Africa’s first elected female President.

However, Mrs Sirleaf defeated Mr Weah during his first presidential election contest in 2005, after the end of a brutal civil war.

After Weah’s victory was announced on Thursday, his supporters started celebrating his victory in the country capital city, Monrovia.

The country’s former football star campaign, which is under the Coalition for Democratic Change banner, appealed to the youth vote, while former Vice President Boakai was seen as old and out of touch.

The 51-year-old, George Weah was said to have won the first round of the presidential election in October with 38.4% of the  total vote.

Weah’s Presidential opponent, 73-year-old, Mr Boakai won 28.8% – second-placed –  by the total vote. The failure of any candidate to secure an outright majority forced the run-off.

Meanwhile, the National Elections Commissions, NEC, noted on Thursday that Mr Weah won the election by getting 61.5% of the vote while the  second-placed Mr Boakai was far behind with 38.5% out of 98.1% of total votes.

Weah during his football career, has played for top European clubs like, AC Milan, Paris saint-Germain and Chelsea.

The Former footballer I’d the only African Footballer to have won both Ballon D’Or award and Fifa World player of the year.

According to report, Weah joined politics after his retirement from the game in 2002, who is currently a Senator in Liberia’s parliament.

Liberia, who were founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has been enjoying a smooth transfer of power from one elected president to another since 1944.

The vote was delayed by legal challenges from opposition and turnout was reportedly low. The Election official turnout at 56%.

Election officials in the country recorded over two million eligible Voters in the nation of about 4.6 million people.

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

Taylor is currently serving his 50-year prison sentence in the UK for war crimes related to the conflict in their neighbouring country, Sierra Leone.

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