Liberia: Former Professional Footballer, George Weah wins Presidency

 

Former Chelsea football star, George Oppong Weah has been elected President of Liberia.

The former ballon d’Or winner, Weah took the lead crushing his opponent to earn a landslide victory on 26th December’s second round voting in Liberia.

The delayed vote pitted George Weah 51years and Liberian 73 year Senator, Joseph Boakai, who has been the country’s Vice President for 12 years.

The world now awaits the official pronouncement of the results by Electoral Commissioner of Liberia.

The former World Footballer of the Year, George Weah swept thirteen out of the fifteen counties while opponent, Joseph Boakai won just two.

During the first round of elections in October, George Weah won eleven of the fifteen counties but failed to obtain 50% needed to win outrightly.

Weah first sought the Presidency in 2005 but lost to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the runoff.

In 2014, the former player was elected into  Liberian Senate to represent the Montserrado County, the country’s largest senatorial district.

Even after retiring from from football,Weah persued his education and in 2006 he obtained his high school diploma at 40.

He later  went on to Devry University in Florida, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 2011 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration two years later.

The final election results are due in four days but Weah through social media sent a disguised victory message in which he thanked his supporters stating; ‘the verge of making history for our people’ .

George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), votes at a polling station in Monrovia, Liberia, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

If the result is confirmed, Liberians must have choosen  a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state.

Her 12-year rule helped cement peace in Liberia after two bloody civil wars which lasted 14 years and ended in 2003.

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Benly Anchunda

 

 

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