Soccer star Weah poised to win Liberia's presidency

Former football star George Weah Presidential candidate for the Coalition for Democratic Change casts his vote during a Presidential runoff election in Monrovia Liberia on Tuesday

State radio correspondents reported unofficial results overnight indicating that former global soccer player George Weah led in several counties, but election authorities warned the two parties to "stop making premature pronouncements".

Mr Weah, 51, will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president, in the country's first democratic handover of power since 1944.

He clinched votes in 12 out of 15 counties in the West African country to become the 25th President of Liberia.

But with the vote held the day after Christmas, some national and worldwide observers warned that turnout may have been affected.

Weah, a former football star and senator from the Congress for Democratic Change party, has won more than 61 percent of the vote with 98 percent of ballots counted, according to Liberia's election commission.

Mr. Weah and ruling Unity Party (UP) candidate Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai are the two contestants in the runoff delayed by legal challenges against results of the 10 October polls. That triggered a run-off as neither made it past the 50 percent needed to win outright. "So I know Boakai can not defeat me", Weah told AFP.

Whoever wins the election faces an economy battered by lower commodity prices for its main exports of rubber and iron ore and a rapidly depreciating currency.

Football legend George Weah wins Liberian presidential election

Mrs Sirleaf defeated Mr Weah in the presidential election run-off in 2005, after the end of a brutal civil war.

Living standards in Liberia remain among the worst in the world.

George Weah is considered one of the greatest African footballers of all-time and spent time at AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and a host of other clubs.

Weah has also fended off barbs over his vice-presidential pick, Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of jailed former president and warlord Charles Taylor.

As counting gets underway, the candidates have been urged to keep supporters calm to avoid the electoral violence that has hit Liberia in previous years.

On Tuesday polling stations displayed voter lists as a mark of transparency for the run-off.




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