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Former World Best Player, George Weah, Wins Liberia Presidential Election

12 October 2017

Former football star George Weah became president of DHA Football News entry Date: 12.10.2017 11:06 Date of renovation: 12.10.2017 11:10 Football's memorable names, George Weah, became president as a result of his country's elections in Liberia. Voters chose among 20 presidential contenders and almost 1 000 candidates from 26 political parties vying for 73 seats in the House of Representatives. In 2005 George Wea again ran for president, but then remained second in the vote, after Surley.

Everyone who was in the queue by 18:00 local time yesterday was able to vote, he said.

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Voting is wrapping up in Liberia, where a runoff election already is expected because of the high number of presidential candidates.

The United States called the election "an important step toward achieving Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected head of state to another in decades". According to worldwide observers, the vote has gone smoothly, despite its late start in some counties. Final results should be known within two weeks.

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Voters commended her leadership but said they were ready for change.

"We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results. All of these people are saying they want change and improvement, and that explains why nearly all of the candidates are presenting themselves as candidates for change".

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The election marks the end of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's tenure.

Former World Best Player, George Weah, Wins Liberia Presidential Election