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BY Francis Akhalbey, 9:26am December 29, 2017,

How African leaders, football stars and Liberians celebrated George Weah’s election victory

Rally being held during the Presidential campaign. -- Photo Credit: goal.com

Former football star George Manneh Weah has won Liberia’s presidential runoff election by over 60% of the vote to succeed Africa’s first democratically elected female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Senator Weah won by 61.5% beating Vice President Joseph Boakai who garnered 38.5% votes out of the 98.1% votes counted, National Elections Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoyah announced on Thursday evening in the capital Monrovia.

In a very emotional post on his Twitter page on Thursday, December 28th, President Weah thanked his fellow Liberians for granting him the mantle of leadership.

Several African leaders took to their Twitter pages to congratulate the newly elected Liberian President.

French President, Emmanuel Macron also extended his warmest congratulations to him.

Congratulatory messages from the football fraternity also poured in after it was officially confirmed the former FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or winner is the new President of Liberia.

With a renewed sense of hope and optimism, excited Liberians took to the streets to celebrate the historic victory.

Below are photos of the mood in Liberia after George Weah was declared the winner of the December 26 runoff elections.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: June 19, 2018


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