'Former World Best Footballer, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'


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

The former footballer is presently a member of the Liberian senate, having been elected to represent the Montserrado County which includes the country's capital, Monrovia, on the platform of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in December 2014.

The Liberty Party, whose candidate Charles Brumskine was considered a front-runner to take over from Nobel Peace Prize victor and outgoing leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said it would consider taking legal action if the National Elections Commission (NEC) did not act on its demands.

The former Manchester City striker first contested the presidential election in 2005 which he lost to the now outgoing President Sirleaf.

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The former AC Milan striker ran for presidency for the third time in his country Liberia on Wednesday, October 11, but no official result has been announced yet by the Liberian electoral body. The Nobel Peace Prize victor was Africa's first female president and helped the country rebuild from years of civil war and the devastating Ebola crisis.

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

Weah who was a former Chelsea and Manchester City player, was also a three-time victor of the African Footballer of the Year prize.

Korkoya, who had earlier declared that Tuesday's election was successful, said the alleged irregularities had not led to any major obstacles, noting voters still voted according to the law. It is yet to be seen what significant effect such incidents had on the general conduct of the election.