Liberians Voting in Presidential Runoff Election

Aaron Brown
December 29, 2017

After a peaceful presidential run-off on the 26th of December, 2017 the former football star garnered 61.5% of the vote while his opponent, Joseph Boakai was far behind with 38.5%.

After voting on Tuesday, Weah warned that "what happened in 2005 and 2011 can not be repeated". "I have the people on my side".

They are selecting a victor between former football star George Weah and veteran Deputy President Joseph Boakai to succeed Africa's first elected woman President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who's constitutional mandate has run out.

The next leader of the West African nation, the successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will be decided by Liberia's 2.1 million eligible voters.

Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, who served as an electoral observer for the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI), said a successful resolution to the process was of particular importance within the worldwide community.

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He said "I salute George Weah's courage and resilience in spite of the activities and machinations of oppressors and interlopers who blocked his victory 12 years ago".

"Grassroots citizens identify with George Weah, considering that he is close to their day-to-day experience", explained Ibrahim Al-Bakri Nyei, a Liberian political analyst at London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

But many voters see a poor boy from the slums who made good against the odds. "So I know Boakai can not defeat me", Weah told AFP.

Critics also accuse Weah's Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of having too vague a political platform, and have challenged his long absences from the senate since being elected in a race he won over Sirleaf's son.

But Mr Weah's election is not without controversy, as his running mate is Jewel Taylor, former wife of the warlord and ex-President Charles Taylor, who is serving a jail sentence in the United Kingdom for war crimes.

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