Weah Wins Liberia Election

Former football star, George Weah, has been elected the new president of Liberia.

The 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year won Liberia’s presidential run-off, with a projected 61.5% of the vote, the country’s election commission said on Thursday.

The former AC Milan striker beat current Vice President, Joseph Boakai, who took 38.5% of the vote.

Weah won when Liberians went to the polls in October, but did not secure the required 50% of the vote for an outright victory, leading to a presidential run-off.

Weah, who has played for Chelsea and Manchester City, is the first and only African player to have won both FIFA’s World Player of the Year trophy and the Ballon d’Or.

Weah first ran for Liberia’s presidency in 2005. He formed the Congress for Democratic Change, but was defeated by current president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

In 2011, Weah came second as a vice presidential candidate.

The 51-year-old will succeed Sirleaf – Africa’s first democratically elected female leader – to become president next month, in the country’s first democratic transition since 1944.