Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Soccer star Weah leads most counties in Liberia presidential election vote

Soccer star Weah leads most counties in Liberia presidential election vote

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberia's National Election Commission says former worldwide soccer star George Weah is still leading the presidential election with almost three-quarters of the ballots counted.

The presidential election in Liberia appears to be heading to a run-off vote.

The election is seeking to choose the successor to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Africa's first elected female president and a Nobel Peace laureate. "We believe we are the viable alternative", Wilmot Paye, national chairman of Boakai's Unity Party, told AFP.

Boakai said earlier Saturday he was still confident of winning without the need for a second round vote.

The final results must be announced by October 25 and a run-off will be held next month if no one has won a majority.

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Three other candidates took a significant share of votes, with veteran opposition leader, Charles Brumskine, at 9.8%; former Coca-Cola executive, Alexander Cummings, at 7.1%; and former-warlord-turned-preacher, Prince Johnson, at 7.0%.

Former soccer star George Weah leads in partial presidential election results in 11 of Liberia's 15 counties, the electoral commission said on Thursday, after a vote meant to bring about the country's first democratic transfer of power in decades. "Our son Weah will be the next president".

If no single candidate gains more than 50% of the vote, a run-off will be scheduled in November between the top two contenders, according to Liberian law.

Weah says he has "gained experience" since becoming a senator in 2014, and after losing to Sirleaf again, this time as a vice-presidential candidate on the ticket of Winston Tubman, in 2011.

Liberia, Africa's oldest modern republic, was founded by freed US slaves in 1847 but its last democratic power transfer occurred in 1944.

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