The ex-Liberian international player and striker for Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Chelsea and Manchester City who later returned to France with Marseille, and the only African to win the coveted Ballon d’Or, George Weah has been announced Liberia president elect. (West Africa)
Provisional results just announced by Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) have placed former international football superstar ahead with 720,023 votes or 61.5 per cent, while Joseph Boakai is far behind with 451,088 votes or 38.59 per cent.
Chairman of NEC, Mr Jerome Korkoya, announced the results at a press conference in Monrovia.
Meanwhile, out of a total of 1,198,984 votes cast in the election, the provisional results of 1,176,203 representing 98.1 per cent were announced on Thursday.
Mr Weah, the only African ever to be named Fifa World Player of the Year, lost the presidential race to Ms Johnson Sirleaf in 2005 as a novice after a football career. He has served in Liberia’s senate since 2015.
Weah also won the UEFA Champions League Top Scorer award, Coupe de France, Ligue1, Coupe de la Ligue, Serie A title, English FA Cup among others.
“I am deeply grateful to my family, my friends, and my loyal supporters who contributed to our campaign during this extremely long election season,” Weah said on Twitter before the results were announced.
Weah is set to replace Africa’s first female head of state, economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
His inauguration would be the first time power was transferred from one democratically elected government to another.
The 51-year-old former World Footballer of the Year won thirteen out of fifteen counties, while his 73-year-old opponent and current vice president, Joseph Boakai got only two counties.
Final results and declaration will be made tomorrow Frid.