George Weah awaits Liberia presidential election result

Casey Dawson
October 13, 2017

The African Ballon d'Or victor in 1995 succeeds President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Liberia's provisional election results are expected Thursday, the election commission said Wednesday, as the West African nation waits to see who will succeed the Nobel Peace Prize victor who led the country's recovery from Ebola and civil war.

The episode prompted officials from Mr. Weah's party and the party of Alexander Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive, to lodge complaints with the elections commission.

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

A presidential candidate must win more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a second round.

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About 2.2 million Liberians, slightly less than half of the country's population, registered to vote. Voters chose among 20 presidential contenders and almost 1 000 candidates from 26 political parties vying for 73 seats in the House of Representatives.

"The future of the country is in your hands, no one is entitled to your vote, not because of party, ethnicity, religion or tribal affiliation", Sirleaf, a co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, said in a speech on Monday.

Angry supporters gathered to protest at Liberty Party headquarters, claiming polls in the West African nation opened late and that ballot-tampering occurred in at least one location in the capital, Monrovia.

"No matter the outcome of this election, it will result in a transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another for the first time in the lives of many Liberians", it said in a statement. If there is a runoff election it will come two weeks after that announcement. People everywhere tell him they want to see change.

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