Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

George Weah and Boakai headed for run-off in Liberia presidential race

George Weah and Boakai headed for run-off in Liberia presidential race

Liberian parties began internal talks on Monday on whether to back former worldwide footballer George Weah or incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai in a runoff for the presidency.

Now Weah has a confirmed place in the runoff round against incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai on November 7, the result of 12 years spent seeking to build political credibility to match his huge popularity.

At the weekend, Weah had 39.2 per cent of votes cast and counting, while his closest rival and Vice President, Joseph Boakai has taken 29.6 per cent. Charles Brumskine, a lawyer, was a distant third with 9.7%. Since only 5 percent are left to count, officials say a second round vote looks likely.

The final certified results from Tuesday's poll must be announced by October 25, although provisional results from the remaining precincts are expected in the coming days.

Weah and Boakai lead the 20-candidate field to succeed Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in what would be Liberia's first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.

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Though there are 20 candidates in the presidential race, the victor has to obtain 50 percent or more of the total votes cast to avoid a run-off election.

Brumskine has said the vote was marred by fraud and that he would request a re-run of the vote.

Arsene Wenger, who had once coached Weah at Monaco was earlier this week apparently duped by false reports that he had already been elected president. However, he has yet to produce evidence of cheating and global observers said they saw no major problems.

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

Weah has chosen Taylor's ex-wife Jewel Howard Taylor as his running mate. She took over from Taylor in 2006, following many years of civil war.

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