Liberia election: Ex-football star George Weah takes early lead

Former football star George Weah shows his voting label at a polling hire in Monrovia on Oct 10, 2017Image copyright
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George Weah is senator for Montserrado County in Liberia

Partial results from Liberia’s presidential election show former football star George Weah has taken an early lead.

Figures from the National Elections Commission (NEC) put Mr Weah forward in 11 out of 15 counties, nonetheless many votes have nonetheless to be counted.

His categorical rival, obligatory Vice-President Joseph Boakai, leads in one county and is second in many others.

A claimant needs some-more than 50% of the votes for undisguised victory.

If nobody achieves that, a second turn will be held in November.

The election is to select a inheritor to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Africa’s first inaugurated womanlike boss and a Nobel Peace laureate.

As the results came in, the manager of Arsenal Football Club, Arsene Wenger, was apparently hoodwinked by fake reports that Mr Weah had won.

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Arsene Wenger coached George Weah in the 1990s when he was in charge of French bar Monaco

“I would like to honour one of my former players, who became boss of Liberia,” Mr Wenger told reporters.

“It’s not mostly you have a former player who becomes boss of a country. So good done, Georgie.

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NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya hit out at fake reports and pronounced his officials were doing their best to get accurate central results out as fast as possible.

“This elect has not announced any winner,” he stressed.

International election observers pronounced they had not identified any major problems with Tuesday’s voting.

However, parties ancillary 3 of the 20 possibilities have purported irregularities and pronounced they would competition the result, Reuters reported.

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Vice-President Joseph Boakai says the Liberian people wish to see some-more development

Ms Sirleaf, 78, who is stepping down at the finish of two terms, hailed the election as a success.

“We trust that all Liberians are prepared for this process. we appreciate them for participating in this process,” she said.

Liberia, which was founded by liberated US slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a well-spoken send of energy in 73 years.

Ms Sirleaf took bureau in 2006, after her predecessor, Charles Taylor, was forced out of bureau by rebels in 2003, finale a prolonged polite war.

Taylor is now portion a 50-year jail judgment in the UK for fight crimes associated to the dispute in beside Sierra Leone.

Mr Weah, 51, has selected Taylor’s ex-wife Jewel Howard Taylor as his using mate.

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