George Manneh Weah to be Liberia's 25th President

Liberian football hero George Weah is a frontrunner in next Tuesday's presidential elections

Football legend George Weah wins Liberian presidential election

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has congratulated the newly elected President of Liberia, George Opong Weah, describing him as someone destined by God to be president.

The first African player to win both FIFA's World Player of the Year trophy and the Ballon d'Or, Weah was largely absent from Liberia during the 1989-2003 civil war period, playing for a string of top-flight European teams including Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.

"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 on twitter before the results were announced.

The former Liberia national captain will now succeed his great rival and incumbent, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the 25th president of Liberia.

He won the first round in October with 38.4% of the vote, compared with the 28.8% of Mr Boakai, 73.

Weah supporters paraded through the streets of the capital Monrovia and honked vehicle horns to celebrate the news. His failure to secure an outright majority forced a run-off.

The elections commission says Weah received 61.5 percent of the votes counted, while Vice President Joseph Boakai has received 38.5 percent.

Weah has also fended off barbs over his vice-presidential pick, Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of jailed former president and warlord Charles Taylor.

He entered politics after his retirement and is now a senator in Liberia's parliament.

Legal challenges delayed the vote to replace Ms Sirleaf, and turnout was low.

More than two million people were eligible to cast their ballots in the nation of 4.6 million people.

The victor will replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after two terms.

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