African football legend George Weah wins Liberia Presidential Election

African football legend George Weah wins Liberia Presidential Election

African football legend George Weah wins Liberia Presidential Election

Retired professional footballer turned politician, George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah, has reportedly won the Liberia Presidential election.

There are 986 aspirants for the 73 seats in the House of representatives. In 2005 George Wea again ran for president, but then remained second in the vote, after Surley. 2,183,683 people registered to vote and the elections body reports of a high turnout.

Should Liberia not have another female president or not? She led the country's recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided this West African country through the Ebola crisis that killed almost 5 000 people.

Voters commended her leadership but said they were ready for change.

Liberia, Africa's oldest modern republic, was founded by freed USA slaves in 1847 but its last democratic power transfer dates back to 1943.

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Worldwide observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties.

The National Election Commission said local vote counting had ended after a largely smooth election. Final results should be known within two weeks.

"We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results". He said Liberia's youth demonstrated "a commitment to be involved in the electoral and governmental process of their country".

The election marks the end of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's tenure.

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