George Weah Wins Liberian Presidential Run-off Election

George Weah played for both Chelsea and Manchester City. Didier Drogba the Ivorian footballer and another former Chelsea striker tweeted his congratulations

Weah will succeed Africa's first elected female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia's president in January, in what will be the country's first democratic transition since 1944.

Weah supporters paraded through the streets of the capital Monrovia and honked auto horns to celebrate the news.

He ran as part of Congress for Democratic Change in 2014 and was elected to the senate.

The country's electoral commission said Thursday that Weah won 61.5 percent of the total vote and won 14 out of Liberia's 15 counties.

More than two million people were eligible to cast their ballots in the nation of 4.6 million people. Election officials put turnout at 56%.

Liberian presidential candidate George Weah's running mate, Jewel Howard-Taylor, began life in politics as first lady to former warlord leader Charles Taylor, but has since established a formidable political reputation in her own right.




Weah, who had spells at Chelsea and Manchester City, beat Vice President Joseph Boakai, who took 38.5 per cent of the vote.

Current Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signed him for Monaco in 1988, and in a recent interview Weah said he would not have enjoyed such success were it not for the Frenchman.

Weah made his name at Paris Saint-Germain in the early 1990s, but it was at AC Milan - at a time when Serie A was the strongest league in the world - that he really shone.

Liberia is Africa's oldest modern republic and was founded by freed USA slaves in 1847.

He is the only African to win the coveted Ballon d'Or.

The former footballer secured 38.4 per cent of the vote in the first round of voting in October but did not secure the majority needed, which forced the run-off.

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