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Former Ballon d'Or victor, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'

Former Ballon d'Or victor, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'

Weah won with 78% of the vote and defeated Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Famous former footballer George Weah elected President of his country.

He added: "We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results".

Former Chelsea, Manchester City and AC Milan footballer George Weah faces a run-off in his bid to become president of Liberia.

Liberia with an estimated population of 4.5 million has 2.18 million registered voters for the elections which were held in 2,080 polling centres nationwide. As many as 986 contestants vied for 73 seats in the House of Representatives.

The election commission is ready to listen to official complaints but vote-counting will continue, spokesman Henry Boyd Flomo said.

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There were 20 candidates in the election and one person needs to receive more than 50% of the votes in order to be declared the victor.

Vice-President Joseph Boakai and footballer George Weah are seen as the frontrunners to succeed the Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who led the country's recovery from Ebola and civil war.

Worldwide observers in the West African nation said the vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties.

"No matter the outcome of this election, it will result in a transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another for the first time in the lives of many Liberians", it said in a statement. Final results should be known within two weeks.

"Almost all Liberians that turned out to vote were able to cast their ballots", said Christopher Fomunyoh, senior associate for Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. People everywhere tell him they want to see change.


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