LIBERIA: GEORGE WEAH AHEAD IN POLLS BUT SHORT OF FINAL GOAL

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EX Liberian International, George Wean casting his ballot in this week's polls

Liberia is set for a runoff on the 7th of November between ex-soccer star George Weah and President Sirleaf’s deputy  Joseph Nyumah Boakai, as the first round of voting looks unlikely to produce a winner. None of the twenty candidates is expected to secure the required 50%+1 the winner of presidential polls require to emerge victorious.
 
This is George Weah’s third shot at the former US colony’s top job after losing the first two polls to the incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He is tipped to win this week’s polls.
 
Ahead of the announcement, one of the candidates is demanding that the Electoral Commission does not declare the results due to irregularities.
 
Liberia’s Electoral Commission will announce the results in the coming hours.
 
Meanwhile, Arsenal Football Club’s Manager, Arsene Wenger has congratulated George Weah on ‘his election as president’.
 
“I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who has become president of Liberia, George Weah. It is not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country and so well done Georgie and I would say just for him to keep his enthusiasm and his desire to learn and to win”, he said.
 
Librarians are hopeful of a successful transfer of power from the current President Johnson Sirleaf. This transfer would be the first time power has changed from one democratic leader to another in the country’s recent history.

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