Weah Takes Early Lead in Liberia Presidential Election Count

Weah Takes Early Lead in Liberia Presidential Election Count

He added: "We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results". The former Fifa World Footballer of the Year has long turned a politician with aspiration to be Liberia's President.

There were 20 candidates in the election and one person needs to receive more than 50% of the votes in order to be declared the victor.

Arsene Wenger has been fooled by false reports that former football star George Weah has won Liberia's presidential election when in fact the final result have not yet been announced. Voters commended her leadership, but also said they are ready for change when they lined up for Tuesday's historic vote.

"It is not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country", Wenger said. More than 2.1 million voters had registered to vote at almost 5 400 polling stations throughout Liberia, which was established by the United States in the 19th Century for freed black slaves.

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Angry supporters gathered to protest at Liberty Party headquarters, claiming polls in the West African nation opened late and that ballot-tampering occurred in at least one location in the capital, Monrovia.

"This is an important step toward achieving Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected head of state to another in decades".

Twenty candidates are running to replace Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female leader, who is stepping down after a maximum two terms in office.

Vice-President Joseph Boakai and footballer George Weah are seen as the frontrunners to succeed the Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who led the country's recovery from Ebola and civil war. People everywhere tell him they want to see change.

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