Ex-Soccer Star and Vice President Lead in Liberia Presidential Vote

Margibi County

Margibi County

Vote-counting continued across Liberia yesterday following presidential elections that are likely to go to a run-off, with 20 candidates contesting, local media and observers say.

Famous former footballer George Weah elected President of his country.

"The Liberty Party is deeply troubled by the discovery of numerous incidents of irregularities and fraud that occurred during the elections", Liberty Party national chairman Benjamin Sanvee said in a statement.

Weah, a former Fifa World Footballer of the Year, has failed in two previous attempts to become the country's president.

"I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia, George Weah", said Wenger in a press conference. Voters commended her leadership, but also said they are ready for change when they lined up for Tuesday's historic vote. If no candidate manages to win 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will take place on November 7. More than 2.1 million voters had registered to vote at almost 5 400 polling stations throughout Liberia, which was established by the United States in the 19th Century for freed black slaves.

Vice-President Joseph Boakai and footballer George Weah are seen as the frontrunners to succeed the Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who led the country's recovery from Ebola and civil war.

As Liberians head to the polls to elect their new president, the rest of Africa is sending farewell messages to the first democratically elected African female President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose second term comes to an end in a week's time.

Global observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties. People everywhere tell him they want to see change.

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