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Ghana president Akufo-Addo leads Weah congratulatory posts

Ghana president Akufo-Addo leads Weah congratulatory posts

Ghana president Akufo-Addo leads Weah congratulatory posts

Mr Weah, in a Twitter post after the results were announced, said: "My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation".

"Liberians have a certain sense of hope that George Weah will change the status quo, that he will bring transformation to the country", Ms Neaiai Pailey said.

The attention of the Office of the President has been drawn to a false news report that President Akufo-Addo has congratulated one of the contestants in Liberia's Presidential run-off. George Weah had previously stood for the presidential election in 2005, but lost to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The commission says their party, the Coalition for Democratic Change, received 61.5 percent of the vote with 732,185 votes, beating Vice President Joseph Boakai's Unity Party which got 457,579 or 38.5 percent of the votes.

In his first public comments since his rival conceded Friday, Weah tweeted in French in response to congratulations from French President Emmanuel Macron. "We have a lot to do to accelerate the construction of Africa's future".

Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize victor, steps down. He played for AC Milan, Paris St Germain and Chelsea.

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"Pursuant to the authority vested in the Commission by the Constitution and the new election law of the Republic of Liberia, and based on the results just read, I, acting on behalf of the board of commissioners, do hereby declare the presidential ticket of senator George Weah and Jewel Howard-Taylor as the victor from the December 26, 2017 presidential run-off election", board president Jerome Korkoya said.

Liberia, a nation founded by freed slaves from the United States, is seeing its first peaceful transfer of power in more than 70 years as Africa's first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, steps aside.

In a concession speech delivered on Friday, Boakai said as a man of peace and humility, and as a patriotic citizen with deep faith in God, he accepts the results of the elections as announced by NEC. She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak that killed almost 5,000 Liberians.

Mr Weah is the only African ever to have won FIFA's World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon D'Or.

The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics after his 2002 retirement from soccer, led the first-round vote in October but didn't receive enough ballots to win outright over the 73-year-old Boakai, who has been vice president for 12 years.

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