Soccer star Weah leads most counties in Liberia presidential election vote
Friday October 13 2017
Former international Liberian football star turned politician George Weah, greets his supporters during a campaign rally in Monrovia on October 8, 2017. PHOTO FILE | AFP
Early results from Tuesday’s poll read to reporters by the commission’s chairman left Weah’s camp confident he would win the outright majority he needs to avoid a run-off, even though most counties had reported tallies from less than a third of polling stations.
Before the commission’s announcement, parties backing three other candidates alleged fraud and vowed to contest the results.
Earlier Thursday, Johnson Sirleaf, who became Africa’s first elected female president when she won a surprise victory in 2005 following a post-war transition, hailed the election as historic.