Liberia president-elect says he will build on nation's gains

Marie Harrington
December 31, 2017

Former Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated a serving Member of the Community Parliament, Senator George Oppong Weah, on his victory in the Liberian presidential election.

On Thursday, the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia stated that with 98.1% of the run-off vote counted, Mr Weah had won 61.5% of the vote while Mr Boakai was far behind with 38.5%.

Weah, a former FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon D'Or victor, will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the Liberia's first democratic transition since 1944. "I declare publicly today that transforming the lives of all Liberians is a singular mission and focus of my presidency", he asserted.

Weah adds that "we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa".

"He called on Liberians living overseas to 'come home; this is a new dispensation".

'To investors, we say Liberia is open and ready for business, " he said.

Liberia's vice president is congratulating former global soccer star George Weah on winning the West African nation's presidency.

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The commission says their party, the Coalition for Democratic Change, received 61.5 percent of the vote with 732,185 votes, beating Vice President Joseph Boakai's Unity Party which got 457,579 or 38.5 percent of the votes.

'Whenever the world inclusion is mentioned it brings to us the feeling that a government wants to bring about protection for the underprivileged and underdeveloped, " said Kota, president of the Christian Association of the Blind.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated George Weah on his election as Liberia's next president. "Weah's rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him 'King George".

In addition to corruption, Liberia faces problems with electricity and a health care system decimated by the Ebola outbreak.

Buhari issued a statement Friday that also commended the Liberian people "on the peaceful conduct of the historic presidential runoff election".

"Some people do not believe that Ambassador Weah has what it takes to perform as President, but they should wait and see; the man will surprise them, " he said.

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