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Liberian presidential election: George Weah's running mate was Charles Taylor's wife

Liberian presidential election: George Weah's running mate was Charles Taylor's wife

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has sent a congratulatory message to George Weah for emerging president of Liberia.

As news of Mr Weah's victory emerged on Thursday, his supporters began celebrating in the capital Monrovia.

With 98.1 per cent of ballots counted, Weah had secured 61.5 per cent of the vote, according to statistics from the National Elections Commission.

Weah, who had spells at Chelsea and Manchester City, beat Vice President Joseph Boakai, who took 38.5 per cent of the vote.

Weah was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995 and African Player of the Year in 1989, 1994, and 1996.

Weah will succeed Africa's first elected female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia's president in January, in what will be the country's first democratic transition since 1944.




Liberia went to second round of voting after none of the 20 presidential candidates in the November election garnered the required 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast.

The US-based Carter Center said there were "notable improvements" in the handling of Tuesday's vote from the first round in October, echoing positive assessments from other global observers.

Weah's first shot at the presidency was in 2005 where he lost to Sirleaf in the run-off.

But as his career blossomed during the early nineties the country of his birth was descending into chaos, in two civil wars which lasted until 2003 and the overthrow of dictator Charles Taylor.

Her NPP party agreed to form a coalition with Weah's Congress for Democratic Change in 2017, on the condition Howard-Taylor could run as vice-president.

He is now senator for Montserrado County in Liberia after being elected in 2014.

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