Liberia's president elect vows to end corruption

Reuters

"Vice President Boakai is also to be commended for the maturity of his campaign".

"Pursuant to the authority vested in the commission by the constitution and the new electoral law of the Republic of Liberia and based on the result just read, I, acting on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, do hereby declare the presidential ticket of Senator George Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor as the victor of the December 26 presidential runoff election".

When the president-elect finally arrived at 8.42 p.m.in company with his wife, Clar, and the Vice President-elect, Jewel Howard-Taylor, the crowd went out of control.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led the country from back-to-back civil wars but was criticized for not better tackling corruption in the diamond-rich nation.

The party also congratulated the Liberian people for a peaceful and successful political transition, saying that the development was a firm and loud statement that democracy has taken firm roots not only in Liberia but also in the entire African continent.

Liberia's president-elect and ex-soccer star George Weah says he is "honored to join a new generation of heads of state".

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

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When the president-elect rose from his seat to calm the situation, the crowd went wilder in euphoria, chanting "George Weah, George Weah".

French President Emmanuel Macron has called Liberia's president-elect George Weah to congratulate him and invite him to visit.

Weah was declared the victor of Liberia's presidential election run-off on Friday, the country's elections commission confirmed.

Vice chairman of the MTN FA Cup Committee, Kofi Poku has given the clearest indication that former Ballon d'Or victor; George Oppong Weah deserves to be the president of Liberia.

With more than 98 percent of votes counted late Thursday, Weah received 61.5 percent of ballots while Vice President Joseph Boakai received 38.5 percent.

Weah replaced Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president, who was a joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for fighting for women's rights. She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak.

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