Liberia declares former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah new president

Liberia declares former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah new president

George Weah has been declared the new president of Liberia by the nation's electoral commission.

The National Election Commission (NEC) says the party - Coalition for Democratic Change - received 61.5 per cent of the vote, beating Joseph Boakai's Unity Party which got 38.5 per cent of the votes.

In a statement, Mr Weah said he is "honoured to join a new generation of heads of state."

Jewel Howard-Taylor will be Liberia's new vice president.

Weah's party headquarters erupted into celebration soon after NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya read the final results. 

Muhammadu Buhari - President of Nigeria - congratulated Weah on his election. He commended the country "on the peaceful conduct of the historic presidential runoff election." 

Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, steps down. 

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