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Randolph Lopez
December 31, 2017

Ex-football star, George Weah, has officially been announced as the victor of Liberia's presidential run off elections by the country's National Elections Commission (NEC).

Official confirmation of the result is expected in the coming hours.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated the Liberian President-elect, Mr. George Weah on his victory in an election he contested on the platform of an opposition party.

"Vice President Boakai is also to be commended for the maturity of his campaign".

"The Secretary-General notes that the conclusion of peaceful, transparent, free and fair elections confirms Liberia's steady march towards lasting peace, stability and development", a statement by his spokesman said.

"Best wishes for the success of President-elect George Weah, and Vice President-elect, Jewel Taylor". His win marks Liberia's first democratic handover in more than 70 years.

On Thursday, the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia stated that with 98.1% of the run-off vote counted, Mr Weah had won 61.5% of the vote while Mr Boakai was far behind with 38.5%. "We have a lot to do to accelerate the construction of Africa's future".

Oppong Weah will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Africa's first elected female president.

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Though voter turnout for Tuesday's runoff was low, he drew support from the younger generation, which makes up a majority of Liberia's population of 4.6 million people.

"Some people do not believe that Ambassador Weah has what it takes to perform as President, but they should wait and see; the man will surprise them, " he said.

Weah had run in the country's last two elections, winning the first round of the 2005 vote that eventually went to Sirleaf.

Weah's rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him "King George".

He is set to take office in January.

Weah played with AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, among others.

Then in 2011 he came second as a vice presidential candidate.

As Liberia grappled with the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Weah was elected as a senator, defeating Sirleaf's son Robert for the seat.

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