Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Liberian youth cast vote day after Christmas

Liberian youth cast vote day after Christmas

George Weah emerged from Liberia's slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has leveraged his status as a revered figure among the country's young and poor in his second run for the presidency.

Former soccer star George Weah has defeated Vice President Joseph Boakai to win Liberia's presidential run-off election with 61.5 percent of the vote based on 98.1 percent of ballots cast, the election commission said on Thursday.

"I am deeply grateful to my family, my friends, and my loyal supporters who contributed to our campaign during this extremely long election season", Weah said on twitter before the results were announced.

Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female leader, is set to step down after serving 12 years.

Weah supporters paraded through the streets of the capital Monrovia and honked auto horns to celebrate the news.

The first-round of voting in October brought high numbers of voters, and officials hoped Tuesday's vote will be no different.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government and particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to learn from what happened in Liberia and allow the will of the people to prevail in 2018 and 2019 elections.

Former worldwide footballer George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai joined voters in casting their ballots in Liberia yesterday.

Mr Weah played for a string of football clubs, including AC Milan, Chelsea and Paris St-Germain, and is the only African footballer to have won Fifa World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon D'Or, in 1995.

He entered politics after his retirement from the game in 2002 and is now a senator in Liberia's parliament.

He and Boakai voted in polling stations near their homes in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia, the capital of this nation of 4.6 million people.

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