Former football ace George Weah is new president of Liberia

Former football ace George Weah is new president of Liberia

Former football ace George Weah is new president of Liberia

Former footballer George Weah is set to become Liberia's president following Tuesday's run-off election.

Governor Fayose called on the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres to withdraw the nomination of Obassanjo as a mediator in Liberia, noting that; "Obasanjo, who was a major actor in the Liberia's 2005 election crisis lacked moral rights to be a mediator in the affairs of that country now that it had the first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected leader to another in more than 70 years".

His rags to riches story helped him tap into dissatisfaction with Johnson Sirleaf's 12-year tenure, which drew a line under years of civil war but was criticised for failing to root out elite corruption or persistent poverty.

Football legend George Weah wins Liberian presidential election
Former football ace George Weah is new president of Liberia

Boakai waged a bitter legal battle over problems with queue control and voter identification in the October 10 first round.

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

The former football star's campaign - under the Coalition for Democratic Change banner - appealed to the youth vote, while incumbent Vice President Mr Boakai was seen as old and out of touch.

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Weah topped the first round of voting with 38.4 percent while Boakai came second with 28.8 percent. The failure of any candidate to secure an outright majority forced the run-off.

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

Liberia, founded by freed USA slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power from one elected president to another since 1944. Election officials put turnout at 56%.

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After running unsuccessfully for the presidency in 2005, when he was defeated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Weah says he has "gained experience" since becoming a senator in 2014.

Charles Taylor is serving a 50-year sentence in Britain for war crimes committed in neighbouring Sierra Leone, but his presence has loomed over the election.

More than two million people were eligible to cast their ballots in the nation of 4.6 million people.

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