Boakai Congratulates Weah on Victory; Concedes Defeat in Presidential Runoff Election

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Former Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday congratulated a serving member of the Community Parliament, Senator George Oppong Weah, on his victory in the Liberian presidential election.

The commission said 56 percent of the country's 2.2 million registered voters cast ballots in the runoff, which was contested twice in court amid claims of irregularities, with its original Nov 7 date delayed.

Boakai had conceded defeat and congratulated his rival earlier in the day.

The commission says their party, the Coalition for Democratic Change, received 61.5 percent of the vote with 732,185 votes, beating Vice President Joseph Boakai's Unity Party which got 457,579 or 38.5 percent of the votes.

In a concession speech delivered on Friday, Boakai said as a man of peace and humility, and as a patriotic citizen with deep faith in God, he accepts the results of the elections as announced by NEC.

He called on Liberians to put the election and the acrimony occasioned by it behind them and close ranks to push the country to its rightful place within the comity of nations. "Let us continue to work even harder to promote reconciliation and integrity in government", he said, adding: "All of you are the Liberian heroes".

On Dec. 20, 2014, Weah was overwhelmingly elected to the Liberian Senate to represent Montserrado County on the platform of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).




Expected to officially take office next month, he received messages of congratulations from worldwide leaders on Friday.

"Pursuant to the authority vested in the commission by the constitution and the new electoral law of the Republic of Liberia and based on the result just read, I, acting on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, do hereby declare the presidential ticket of Senator George Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor as the victor of the December 26 presidential runoff election".

The President of Senegal, Macky Sall, also congratulated Weah on Twitter and wished him "much success".

Ahead of Thursday's result announcement, armed and helmeted police deployed outside the poll body's headquarters as Weah supporters gathered and began rejoicing.

"Together, let's help speed up the development of our continent", Weah wrote. 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 ranks 177 out of 188 countries on the U.N. Human Development Index and almost two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line.

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