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Former FIFA World Player Of The Year George Weah Becomes Liberia President

Former FIFA World Player Of The Year George Weah Becomes Liberia President”

Former worldwide football star George Weah, who has won Liberia's presidential run-off, follows several celebrities who have achieved the top job in their countries.

He has effectively been elected president of the west African nation.

After retiring from the sports world, Weah returned home and first worked as a philanthropist before becoming a politician.

But unofficial partial results announced on local radio stations all showed the favourite Weah in the lead.

Weah, 51, grew up in poverty in Liberia.

But even if it has taken him 12 years, winning the presidency is just the beginning of probably the toughest game of Weah's career. He also added, "My record as a proven patriot and an achiever is there for all of you to see". "She is a Liberian, capable, qualified, and Liberian people love her".

However, she has been criticized for being ineffectual at rooting out corruption and for not doing enough to limit ever-widening income inequality. Critics say Weah has limited experience and education. "It is where serious business occurs".

Electoral authorities did not confirm the figures from Weah's campaign team.

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

This election was a historic one.

Weah's running mate is Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of Charles Taylor, the former rebel leader and president who sparked Liberia's civil war in 1989 and is serving a 50-year prison sentence in Britain for his role in atrocities in Sierra Leone.

This marks the first time in 70 years that Liberia will transfer power from one elected president to another.

Results from four of Liberia's 15 countries were yet to be released.

"No matter what the provocation will be, CDC will not respond with violence", Jefferson Kotchie, head of the youth wing of the CDC, earlier told supporters assembled at the party's headquarters. The country is extremely poor: more than 80% of people live on less than $1.25 (93p) a day, and hundreds of thousands of children are out of school.



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