Ex-Soccer Star and Vice President Lead in Liberia Presidential Vote

Ex-Soccer Star and Vice President Lead in Liberia Presidential Vote

Emerging reports indicate that the election is nearly certain to go to a run-off with 20 candidates contesting to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a contest that completes the country's first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years.

Famous former footballer George Weah elected President of his country.

The first official results are expected within 48 hours after polls close.

Weah, a former Fifa World Footballer of the Year, has failed in two previous attempts to become the country's president.

"I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia, George Weah". The victory is believed to have boosted his political image across the West African country ahead of the 2017 presidential poll which held on Tuesday, October 10. The NEC hasn't yet declared how numerous 2.2 million registered voters took part in the polls.

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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.

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. A runoff election is likely.

Vice-President Joseph Boakai and footballer George Weah are seen as the frontrunners to succeed the Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who led the country's recovery from Ebola and civil war. It apologized for delays in some areas and said it had quarantined materials from one precinct and will investigate reports of alleged compromised voting.

"Almost all Liberians that turned out to vote were able to cast their ballots", said Christopher Fomunyoh, senior associate for Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

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