Weah takes lead as less than half of Liberia's election results emerge

Frederick Owens
October 13, 2017

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.

Liberia's provisional election results are expected Thursday, the election commission said Wednesday, as the West African nation waits to see who will succeed the Nobel Peace Prize victor who led the country's recovery from Ebola and civil war.

"As a longstanding friend, the United States applauds the people of Liberia for exercising their democratic right to vote in the historic presidential and legislative elections", said a statement from US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

Weah, a former Fifa World Footballer of the Year, has failed in two previous attempts to become the country's president.

Former World Footballer of the Year, Mr George Opong Weah may have shot into an early lead in the Liberia presidential polls, but his opponent in the Liberty Party has demanded that the election results be suspended due to "irregularities".

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However, most analysts expect it to go to a second round, as a candidate needs more than 50% of the votes for outright victory. Voters chose among 20 presidential contenders and almost 1 000 candidates from 26 political parties vying for 73 seats in the House of Representatives.

About 2.2 million Liberians, slightly less than half of the country's population, registered to vote. It apologized for delays in some areas and said it had quarantined materials from one precinct and will investigate reports of alleged compromised voting.

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.

Worldwide observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties.

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