Former AC Milan, Manchester City and Chelsea striker George Weah has been elected president of Liberia. Weah was the first African to be recognized as the World Player of the Year.
George Weah, has been voted president of Liberia after clinching 12 of the 15 counties in the West African nation and he will be taking over from his opponent Joseph Boakai, who has been vice-president for the last 12 years.
The ex- soccer star becomes the 25th president of Liberia.
Hours before the results were announced Weah took to Twitter to thank all his supporters, saying he plans to liberate the country.
“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.
Weah took to Twitter to confirm the victory: “It is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honouring me with your vote today. It is a great hope. “
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.