Liberia's elections board certifies Weah presidential win

Liberia's elections board certifies Weah presidential win

Liberia's elections board certifies Weah presidential win

The Professional Football Association of Ghana (PFAG) have congratulated former FIFA Balon'dor victor George Oppong Weah for his latest election as President of Liberia.

Buhari, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, yesterday also commended the Liberian people on the peaceful conduct of the historic presidential run-off election, stressing that "this is another plus on Africa's democratic scoreboard".

"Success for George Weah is victory for the whole country", a 47-year-old engineer named Randall Zarkpah said as he walked home with his young son through streets filled with the sounds of vehicle horns and loud cheers as dusk fell.

Liberia's National Election Commission has declared George Weah president-elect and Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect following a December 26 runoff poll.

He pledged Nigeria's readiness to work with Liberia on issues of mutual interest at bilateral, regional and global levels for the benefit of citizens of both countries.

Ms Johnson Sirleaf's 12-year rule cemented peace after Liberia's 1989-2003 civil war and won her the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, but she has been criticised over high-level corruption scandals and persistent poverty in the country.

This is Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected head of state to another in more than 70 years.

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Weah adds that "we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa".

Mr Weah grew up in the Clara Town slum in Monrovia, and went on to become the only African to win the Fifa World Player Of The Year award. "Weah's presidency to (have a) pro-poor, pro-growth policy that will put the people at the centre of national development", said political analyst Vita Ishmael Tue.

Vice-President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating Weah.

Weah is expected to take office in January.

Their Congress for Democratic Change party received 61.5 percent of the final tally, beating Boakai's Unity Party, which got 38.5 percent of the votes, National Election Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoya said. Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had "a special place in the French's hearts".

Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Africa's first female president, Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, steps aside.

Weah's former club Paris Saint-Germain tweeted its congratulations to the "world football legend on the latest chapter of his brilliant career!" while former Chelsea star Didier Drogba, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and Marseille's former Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia also sent their best wishes.

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