It's Now Official: George Weah Is Liberia's President-Elect

31 December, 2017, 03:40 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Hundreds gather to greet George Weah as election authorities confirm he has won the Liberian presidency

Former global soccer star George Weah is applauded as he arrives to speak to the press in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on Dec, 30, 2017, the day after Liberia';s elections board officially certified Weah as the victor of the nation';s presidential election.

Weah led the ticket for a coalition party, the Congress for Democratic Change, with Jewel Howard-Taylor as his vice presidential running mate.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated George Weah on his election as Liberia's next president. He called Tuesday's vote "another plus on Africa's democratic scoreboard".

"We will work to relax constraints to private investment, strengthen the business, legal and regulatory environment, and protect business profits, " he said.

He promised to build on the institutional gains made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Liberia's president-elect and ex-soccer star George Weah says he is "honored to join a new generation of heads of state".

Expected to officially take office next month, he received messages of congratulations from worldwide leaders on Friday.

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

"I declare publicly today that transforming the lives of all Liberians is the singular mission and focus of my presidency". Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had "a special place in the French's hearts". He played for top local clubs before starting his worldwide career in Cameroon, then moved on to AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, where he became famous.

Former professional footballer George Weah has won the Liberia presidential run-off.

The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics more than a decade ago, will take over in January.

"Pursuant to the authority vested in the commission by the constitution and the new electoral law of the Republic of Liberia and based on the result just read, I, acting on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, do hereby declare the presidential ticket of Senator George Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor as the victor of the December 26 presidential runoff election".

On Thursday, the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia stated that with 98.1% of the run-off vote counted, Mr Weah had won 61.5% of the vote while Mr Boakai was far behind with 38.5%.

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