Legendary football star George Weah wins Liberia Presidential Elections

Photo File:George Weah who won Ballon d'Or while with AC Milan in 1995

Former world Footballer of the Year George Weah is the new  Liberian President .The 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or winner, succeeds President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Africa’s first elected female president and Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

George Weah is currently leading his opponent in the results already announced.In 2011 he also ran for the vice-president role on the losing ticket but now, at the age of 51, is strongly placed to emerge as the successor to Ellen Sirleaf Johnson.

Sirleaf will step aside after two six-year terms in office. She led the country’s recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided it through the Ebola crisis in 2014-15 that killed nearly 5,000 Liberians.

Peaceful elections

Following Tuesday’s polls, the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) election observers’ missions have applauded Liberians across the country for allowing the holding of peaceful elections.

The voters were  choosing among 20 presidential contenders and almost 1 000 candidates from 26 political parties vying for 73 seats in the House of Representatives.A candidate must get at least 50 percent of the vote to be declared the victor.

The election turnout was impressive, especially among younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh of the US -funded National Democratic Institute, which was monitoring the elections.