George Weah declared victor of Liberia vote

Liberians Elect Soccer Star George Weah As Next President

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

Weah replaced Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president, who was a joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for fighting for women's rights.

He is the first and only African player to have won both FIFA's World Player of the Year trophy and the Ballon d'Or.

With this result, Weah is set to be installed as the 25th president of Liberia with effect from the third working Monday of January, 2018.

Weah adds that "we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa".

He beat Vice President Joseph Boakai, who took 38.5% of the vote.

"He called on Liberians living overseas to 'come home; this is a new dispensation".

The also encouraged investors to consider Liberia as a place for investment, noting that over the long term, private investment would be his administration's key strategy to delivering transformation.




The former Chelsea and AC Milan star won the first round of the Presidential elections in October with 38.4% of the vote, against the 28.8% of the incumbent vice-president, Mr Boakai failure to secure an outright majority forced a run-off.

'Whenever the world inclusion is mentioned it brings to us the feeling that a government wants to bring about protection for the underprivileged and underdeveloped, " said Kota, president of the Christian Association of the Blind.

The expectations are high especially among young Liberians, his support base, for job creation and poverty reduction.

Weah's rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him "King George".

"I refuse to subject our nation to such an experience", he said.

Weah had run in the country's last two elections, winning the first round of the 2005 vote that eventually went to Sirleaf.

As Liberia grappled with the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Weah was elected as a senator, defeating Sirleaf's son Robert for the seat.

Thirty-four-old Lawrence Menden, an IT professional, said he had no doubt in the ability of Weah to "take Liberia out of the woods".

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