George Weah is elected President of Liberia
The people of Liberia has spoken clearly that it is time for change by voting in George Weah as the 25th President of Liberia. Unlike some African countries that recycle the ruling class and personalities. Nearly 2.2 million voters have made the 51-year-old Weah their choice against 73-year-old Joseph Boakai, the current vice president. This has really shown that it is a new era.
Former AC Milan, Manchester City and Chelsea striker George Weah has been elected president of Liberia. Weah – the first African to win the Ballon D’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year – won comprehensively, clinching 12 of the 15 counties in the West African country. The former striker helped Chelsea win the FA Cup in 2000 and has added to his list of achievements with his election victory.His opponent Joseph Boakai, who has been vice-president for the last 12 years, only had two counties vote for him.
Jubilant Weah took to Twitter to confirm the victory.
“It is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honoring me with your vote today. It is a great hope.” Furthermore “I am deeply grateful to my family, my friends, and my loyal supporters who contributed to our campaign during this extremely long election season,” Weah said on Twitter before the results were announced.
The former Chelsea man is not known for his political nous but his clout as a footballing icon garners him significant support amongst the youth of Liberia, where 60% of the population is under the age of 30. Weah topped the first round of voting in October but didn’t secure the 50% needed to win outright. The runoff was delayed twice after allegations of voting fraud and irregularities but Weah’s popularity won out in the end.
He will take over from Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who beat Weah in an election back in 2005.Weah is set to replace Africa’s first female head of state, economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and see the West African nation, founded by freed American slaves, hand over power from one democratically elected government to another. Congratulations to all Liberia for welcoming a new era.