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Weah wins Liberian presidential polls

31 December, 2017, 04:02 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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"Pursuant to the authority vested in the Commission by the Constitution and the new election law of the Republic of Liberia, and based on the results 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 from the December 26, 2017 presidential run-off election", board president Jerome Korkoya said.

Buhari, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, yesterday also commended the Liberian people on the peaceful conduct of the historic presidential run-off election, stressing that "this is another plus on Africa's democratic scoreboard".

Pending declaration as President of Liberia where he will be sworn into office, the Professional football Association of Ghana have lauded the ex-AC Milan star.

"Democracy goes beyond election day, and if Liberia succeeds, West Africa succeeds, Africa succeeds, and the world succeeds".

Ms Howard-Taylor is the ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who is serving 50 years in a British prison for war crimes in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

To George Weah, I want to say on behalf of the South African football family that we send our congratulations.

Earlier, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued an executive order establishing a Joint Presidential Transition Team.

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The 51-year-old who scored 22 goals in 60 appearances for his country played for the likes of AS Monaco, Paris Saint Germian, AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City, Olympique Marseille and Al Jazeera.

"I am most grateful to the nation of Liberia and especially the candidates, Weah and Mr Joseph Boakai, for living up to this creed".

In his first public comments after his rival conceded, Weah said he was "honored to join a new generation of heads of state".

French President Emmanuel Macron has called Liberia's president-elect George Weah to congratulate him and invite him to visit.

Preliminary results showed Mr Weah won Tuesday's run-off with 61.5 per cent of the vote, based on more than 98 per cent of the ballots cast.

The tumultuous events of the past 70 years in Liberia, where an estimated 250,000 people died during back-to-back civil wars between 1989-2003, have prevented a democratic handover from taking place since 1944.


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