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Weah declared Liberia's 24th president

31 December, 2017, 04:02 | Author: John Swanson
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The South African Football Association (SAFA) on Saturday congratulated Liberian president-elect, George Weah on his recent victory in the country's elections.

The congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued Friday by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media & publicity.

In the same vein, Kosovo's former President Atifete Jahjaga, also congratulated the people of Liberia for exercising their right to vote and for making a historic step towards the consolidation of democracy in their country.

The President, on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, equally applauded the efforts of the country's National Election Commission, as well as regional and global observers contributed immensely to the electoral process and the strengthening of post-conflict democracy in the West African country.

Idolised in Liberia as "Mister George", Weah is to be sworn in on January 22, replacing Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who in 2006 took the helm of the West African country first founded for freed U.S. slaves.

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Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize victor, steps down.

Weah adds that "we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa".

While with AC Milan, Weah in 1995 won World Player of the Year.

The former FIFA World Player of the Year played with AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, among others.

"Best wishes for the success of President-elect George Weah, and Vice President-elect, Jewel Taylor".

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He is set to take office in January.

With more than 98 percent of votes counted late on Thursday from this week's runoff, Weah received 61.5 percent of ballots while Boakai received 38.5 percent.

Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Africa's first female president, Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, steps aside.

Celebrations have begun in Liberia as former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah is set to be declared the victor of the West African nation's presidential election. The election marks Liberia's first democratic transition of power in over 70 years as the country continues to grapple with the legacy of two back-to-back civil wars between 1989-2003, during which an estimated 250,000 people were killed.

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