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George Weah Wins  Liberia’s Presidency
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George Weah Wins Liberia’s Presidency

Former soccer star George Weah has won Liberia’s presidential run-off election and will succeed incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf next month, the country’s first democratic transition in over 70 years. With 98.1% of the vote counted, Weah led with 61.5% to Vice President Joseph Boakai’s 38.5%, National Elections Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoyah told reporters in the capital Monrovia on Thursday, Reuters reported. At his party headquarters outside Monrovia, tears streamed down Weah’s face as he greeted supporters from a balcony. Below, hundreds of young people sang and danced to a live performance of Hipco, Liberian hip hop music popular with the country’s impoverished youth. “My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation,” Weah wrote on Twitter after the results were announced. “I measure the importance and the responsibility of the immense task which I embrace today. Change is on.”

 

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