Liberia: former footballer George Weah widely elected president

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The former football star and Senator George Weah won 61.5% of the vote in the second round of the Liberian presidential election on December 28, 2017. His opponent, Vice President Joseph Boakai won 38.5 %, announced the National Electoral Commission (NEC) after counting 98.1% of the vote.

The Liberian National Electoral Commission (NEC) issued its verdict on Thursday, December 28, 2017: George Weah won the second round of the presidential election.

The 51-year-old former footballer has indeed met 61.5% of the vote, announced the NEC after counting 98.1% of the vote. The current senator is clearly ahead of his rival, Vice President Joseph Boakai, who collected 38.5% of votes.

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George Weah had already led the first round of the general election on October 10, 2017, with a score of 38.4%.

The second round, originally scheduled for November 7, had been postponed until Dec. 26 after an appeal to the Supreme Court of the third- ranked candidate, Charles Brumskine(9.6%), seconded by Mr. Boakai (28.8%) who had denounced “fraud and irregularities”.

George Weah will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf next month. He will become one of the very few ex-high-level athletes to gain the position of Head of State or Government.

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Liesse at the CDC headquarters

And on Thursday night, at George Weah’s party headquarters in Monrovia, it was not the party, it was the carnival. We danced, we shouted, we even played football to celebrate the victory of the Golden Ball.

Thousands of people have invaded the gardens and environs of George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).

After the electoral failures of 2005 and 2011, the third time was the good one. George Weah won in all but one of Liberia’s counties.

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For his followers, it’s an immense relief: ”  We were insulted. We were called illiterate. We were accused of being stupid because we supported George Weah, a man of principles. So today I am jubilant, I am transported with joy, I do not know what to say  , exults one of them.

George Weah spoke briefly to his supporters to tell them he would speak on Friday. While waiting for the President-elect’s speech, his supporters continue to party.

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