Former Ballon d'Or victor, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'

Former Ballon d'Or victor, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'

As President of VEA will replace the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

The final results are due to be declared today by Liberia's National Elections Commission (NEC).

The National Election Commission said local vote counting had ended after a largely smooth election.

The victor of the Ballon d'Or Award for Best European Player in 1995 - George Weah, was elected President of Liberia.


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

The AU and ECOWAS made several recommendations about the electoral process including the need for a review of the electoral register which accounted for long winding queues on voting day, as well as adequate training for election staff. According to worldwide observers, the vote has gone smoothly, despite its late start in some counties.

Numerous more than 2.1 million voters are calling for a president who will improve the economy and access to electricity. Sirleaf is a United Methodist and the first female head of state in Africa. 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.

The election turnout was impressive, especially among younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh of the US -funded National Democratic Institute, which was monitoring the elections.

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