President-Elect George Weah Promises Change To Liberians

Tyler Owen
December 30, 2017

Liberia's vice president is congratulating former global soccer star George Weah on winning the West African nation's presidency.

"In a facebook post, Ghana's President said:" Warm congratulations to George Oppong Weah on his decisive victory in Liberia's peaceful presidential run-off, thus becoming the next President of the Republic of Liberia. This election has strengthened the frontiers of democracy in Liberia, and it is our hope that it will lead to the improvement of the living standards of Liberians.

The President, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, equally applauded the efforts of the National Election Commission of Liberia, as well as regional and global observers who contributed immensely to the electoral process and the strengthening of post-conflict democracy in the West African country.

George Weah set to win Liberia presidential runoff
Almost 2.2 million voters were choosing between the 51-year-old Weah and 73-year-old Vice President Joseph Boakai. The National Election Commission says voter lists have been cleaned up according to Supreme Court orders.

Weah, a former football star and senator from the Congress for Democratic Change party, has won more than 61 percent of the vote with 98 percent of ballots counted, according to Liberia's election commission.

In the same vein, Kosovo's former President Atifete Jahjaga, also congratulated the people of Liberia for exercising their right to vote and for making a historic step towards the consolidation of democracy in their country.

Jonathan, advised Weah to maintain his open door policy in his new position, saying "everybody is a victor when democracy wins, and democracy has won today". "I congratulate the declared victor, Mr. George Weah". Everybody is a victor when democracy wins.

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