George Weah Declared Winner Of Liberia Vote…Boakai Concedes

According to him, he had earlier placed a call to Weah, congratulating him on his prospective victory in the runoff election, and availed himself to help him in any way he may be found useful to advance the good of the country.

Ekweremadu urged the former World Footballer of the Year "to reciprocate the huge goodwill and confidence reposed in him by the good people of Liberia and the global community by running an all-inclusive government".

He said being conscious of the great need for the country to be reconciled and nudged on the track of transformation, he also offers a hand of goodwill, friendship, and gratitude for a historic contest.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated George Weah on his election as Liberia's next president. While the 2017 election will give way to a historic democratic transition not seen in several decades, it is also the first time in many years in the country for a loser in a presidential election to consciously accept results and concede defeat to the victor.

Liberia's president-elect and ex-soccer star George Weah says he is "honored to join a new generation of heads of state". "We have a lot to do to accelerate the construction of Africa's future". He played for AC Milan, Paris St Germain and Chelsea. Weah will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president next month.

He will take office in January.

73-year-old Ghanaian president, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo has denied publications in the media that he called the incumbent Vice-President of Liberia, 73-year-old Joseph Nyumah Boakai to congratulate him for winning the elections re-run in his country ahead of official declaration.

Weah, idolised in Liberia as "Mister George", is set to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over in 2006 at the helm of the west African state founded by freed USA slaves.

The final tallies indicate that Weah of CDC polled a total of 722,185 votes representing 61.5 per cent, while Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party (UP) finished with 457,579 or 28.5 per cent.

Weah, the only African ever to have won both FIFA's World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon D'Or, missed out on the presidency in a 2005 bid.

The tumultuous events of the past 70 years in Liberia, where an estimated 250,000 people died during back-to-back civil wars between 1989-2003, have prevented a democratic handover from taking place since 1944.

The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics after his 2002 retirement, led the first-round election in October but didn't receive enough votes to win outright.

  • Jon Douglas