Ex-football star George Weah is the new Liberian President
Ex-football star George Weah is the new Liberian President
Weah wins Liberian presidential polls
30 December, 2017, 03:57
Former football star George Weah has been elected as Liberia's president with almost all ballots from Tuesday's run-off vote counted.
The former Ballon d'or victor was on Thursday declared victor of the Liberia presidential run-off after taking 61.5 per cent of the vote from 98.1 per cent of ballots cast to beat his opponent Vice-President Joseph Boakai, who took 38.5 per cent of the vote.
"In a facebook post, Ghana's President said:" Warm congratulations to George Oppong Weah on his decisive victory in Liberia's peaceful presidential run-off, thus becoming the next President of the Republic of Liberia.
"Throughout my political life, I have lived by the creed that nobody's political ambition is worth the blood of their citizens".
73-year-old Ghanaian president, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo has denied publications in the media that he called the incumbent Vice-President of Liberia, 73-year-old Joseph Nyumah Boakai to congratulate him for winning the elections re-run in his country ahead of official declaration.
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"As co-leader of the NDI International Elections Observation Mission to Liberia for these elections, I salute the zest for democracy of the Liberian people".
"Democracy goes beyond election day, and if Liberia succeeds, West Africa succeeds, Africa succeeds, and the world succeeds".
The Liberian President-Elect had tweeted declaring his resolve to serve Liberia.
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President Akufo-Addo congratulated George Weah for finally winning the election at the second round and commended Mr. He won 38.4% of votes in the first round on 10 October, while his opponent Boakai came second with 28.8%.
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