Weah To Be Sworn-In January 16 As Liberian President
Senator George Weah has all but won Tuesday’s run-off vote to become Liberia’s next President according to provisional results just released by the National Elections Commission NEC.
With more than 98.1% of the votes processed Weah a former footballer got more than 61% while candidate Joseph Boakai, outgoing Vice President received under 38.6% of the votes.
The unprocessed ballots will not significantly alter the results, meaning that barring any unforeseen circumstances Weah will be sworn in as Liberia’s 24th elected president on 16 Jan 2018 ending a prolonged political process involving the first round ballot of 10th October, which produced no clear winner but resulted in a legal battle at the Supreme Court. Turnout was 56% or 1.9 million of total registered voters.
Weah first vied for the presidency in 2005, failed because he had no secondary school leaving certificate.
He enrolled for secondary certificate examination in 2006 and passed with good grades. He got a degree in 2011 and masters in 2013.
He won the Liberian presidential election in 2017 and had just been declared the winner in the run-off election held about four days ago.
Weah is the only African that ever won FIFA World best footballer and was three-time African Footballer.