Weah Takes Early Lead in Liberia Presidential Election Count

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, addresses the 2008 United Methodist General Conference on April 29 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Famous former footballer George Weah elected President of his country.

By Thursday, results of the polls were being expected from across Liberia's 15 administrative counties, where some 2.18 million registered voters cast their ballots in a generally peaceful environment.

Weah, who emerged the world's best footballer in 1995, is ahead of three other presidential contestants, one of them the sitting vice-president Joseph Boakai, others are longtime opposition figure Charles Brumskine and former Coca-Cola executive, Alexander Cummings.

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Mr Wenger said: "I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia". As many as 986 contestants vied for 73 seats in the House of Representatives. The NEC hasn't yet declared how numerous 2.2 million registered voters took part in the polls. She led the country's recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided it through the Ebola crisis in 2014-15 that killed almost 5,000 Liberians.

The election in the West African nation could see Liberia transfer power from one elected president to another for the first time in more than half a century. Worldwide observers say Tuesday's vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties. Voters commended her leadership, but also said they are ready for change when they lined up for Tuesday's historic vote.

In Liberia, a candidate needs more than 50% of the votes for outright victory in an election, with experts forecasting it is likely to go to a second round. A runoff election, if needed, would come two weeks after that announcement.

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