George Weah wins Liberia election run-off by 61.5%

AC Milan footballer legend, George Weah has won the Tuesday’s election runoff to become Liberia’s president-elect.

Results released by the country’s National Elections Commission (NEC), representing 98.1% of ballots counted, showed Mr Weah ahead of Vice President Joseph Boakai.

The Ballon d’Or winner George Weah, 51, won 61.5% of the vote, while his opponent Mr Boakai, 73, is far behind with 38.5%.

He will succeed Africa’s first elected female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who is set to handover in 2018 after ruling for 12 years.

She defeated Mr Weah in the presidential election run-off in 2005, after the end of a bloody civil war.

Mr Weah had won the first round in October with 38.4% of the vote, compared to the 28.8% of polled by Mr Boakai.

But he did not secure an outright majority to win the presidency, forcing a run-off.

Mr Weah entered politics after his retirement in 2002. He is currently a senator in Liberia’s parliament.

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