George Weah Announced As Liberia's President Elect

George Weah Announced As Liberia's President Elect

As the only ever African victor of Fifa's World Player of the Year award and the Ballon d'Or for Europe's best player, Weah's rise to football stardom from growing up in Clara Town, a poor suburb of Liberia's capital city of Monrovia, is already inspirational.

He entered politics after retiring from football in 2002.

The 51-year-old has 61.5 per cent of the vote with 98.1 per cent of ballots counted and should succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, according to BBC News. 'I measure the importance and the responsibility of the huge task which I embrace today. Two years later, in an effort to consolidate opposition strength in preparation for the 2017 elections, Weah's CDC merged with two other parties to form the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). "Boakai to concede defeat and congratulate George Weah". "My name will not be used as (an) excuse for one drop of human blood to be spilt in this country".

- Juliet Bawuah (@julietbawuah)King George is now President George. "Great moment for Liberia!"

EX-FOOTIE star George Weah is set to become the president of Liberia as early polling suggests he has crushed his political rivals. "Congrats to the PSG and world football legend on the latest chapter of his brilliant career!"

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has also sent Weah a congratulatory message, via Twitter.

AC Milan offered their congratulations "to the Red and Black legend" who starred for the club over four seasons. Weah was up against Joseph Boakai, Liberia's vice-president since 2006.

"I think the Liberian people will expect..."

As news of Mr Weah's victory emerged on Thursday, his supporters began celebrating in the capital Monrovia. We are not behind you because you're handsome or because you are a star....

Weah, the first African player to win both Fifa's World Player of the Year trophy and the Ballon d'Or, was largely absent from Liberia during the 1989-2003 civil war period, playing for a string of top-flight European teams including PSG and AC Milan.

"I am so glad and happy that we now have our president who will bring a change", one Weah supporter, Love Norrision told WTOP.

However, critics said she failed to combat corruption and poverty. Boakai had also served as Liberia's minister of agriculture in the 1980s.

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