Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

LIBERIA POLLS: Ex-footballer George Weah in early lead

LIBERIA POLLS: Ex-footballer George Weah in early lead

The episode prompted officials from Mr. Weah's party and the party of Alexander Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive, to lodge complaints with the elections commission.

Mr Wenger said: "I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia".

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The former AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille striker needs to achieve at least 50 percent of the votes to be declared the victor.

The former AC Milan striker was indeed one of 20 presidential candidates in his home country having turned his hand to politics in recent years.

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Sirleaf has been the President of Liberia since 2006 following 14 years of a deadly civil war during the reign of the now incarcerated former President Charles Taylor, who was ousted by rebels in 2003. Voters chose among 20 presidential contenders and almost 1 000 candidates from 26 political parties vying for 73 seats in the House of Representatives. The NEC hasn't yet declared how numerous 2.2 million registered voters took part in the polls. Voters commended her leadership, but also said they are ready for change when they lined up for Tuesday's historic vote. Final results should be known within two weeks.

Angry supporters gathered to protest at Liberty Party headquarters, claiming polls in the West African nation opened late and that ballot-tampering occurred in at least one location in the capital, Monrovia. A runoff election is likely.

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Tuesday's election will mark the first time in 73 years that a democratically-elected president will peacefully hand over power to a successor chosen by Liberian voters. The turnout was impressive, especially among the younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh, of the United States funded National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, which is monitoring the elections.

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