Stella Dimoko Liberians To Choose Between Ex-Footballer Or VP As New Leader


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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Liberians To Choose Between Ex-Footballer Or VP As New Leader

Former international footballer George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai joined voters in casting their ballots in Liberia on Tuesday as they went head-to-head in a delayed run-off vote for the presidency.

Voters are choosing a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after 12 years as Africa's first elected female head of state, in the West African country's first democratic transition since 1944.

The ballot was delayed for seven weeks due to legal challenges lodged by Boakai's Unity Party against the electoral commission over the conduct of the first round of voting.

Weah 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.

Both declared victory was theirs for the taking.
from eNCA


  1. Judging by his antecedent in the election that produced Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,where some claimed that he only lost out to her because people wanted her to be compensated,George Weah enjoys popularity among the locals,so he will still win.

  2. AC Milan legend George Weah elected new Liberia president

    Shina Oludare
    The former Ballon d'Or winner has been elected president after securing 12 of the 15 counties in the west African nation.
    George Weah has won Liberia's election for a new president, succeeding Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
    The 1995 Fifa Ballon d'Or winner and three-time African Player of the Year defeated 73-year-old Joseph Boakai to become the country’s 25th president.
    Weah succeeds Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the first elected female head of state in Africa.
    It is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honoring me with your vote today. It is a great hope. #Liberia #Liberia2017— George Weah (@GeorgeWeahOff) December 26, 2017
    Congratulations @GeorgeWeahOff! Former Ballon D'or winner & Current President of Liberia #African_Players #Liberia2017 0
    — CAF (@CAF_Online) December 27, 2017
    The AC Milan legend had indeed reaped the most votes in the first round of voting but he nonetheless failed to meet the required amount to secure election.
    And as a result, faced a run-off against the current vice-president, the Unity Party candidate Joseph Boakai – defeating him by clinching 12 of the 15 counties in the west African country.
    Weah ran for vice-president in 2011 and went on to easily win a seat at the senate in 2014 - beating the son of President Sirleaf, Robert, by clinching 78 per cent of the votes in Montserrado County, which holds the country’s capital, Monrovia.


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