'Former World Best Footballer, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'

Vote-counting continues in Liberia

Liberia expects provisional election results Thursday

The retired proficient footballer turned politician who was a senator in his home country before his emergence as the successor of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year victor, won the election, in a contest that completes the country's first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years.

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Famous former footballer George Weah elected President of his country. Worldwide observers say Tuesday's vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties. A presidential candidate must win more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a second round. Final results should be known within two weeks. 2,183,683 people registered to vote and the elections body reports of a high turnout.

"We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results".

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Any irregularities would taint the results of an election expected to mark the first democratic transfer of power in over seven decades in a country haunted by a civil war that ended almost 15 years ago.

Should Liberia not have another female president or not? Voters commended her leadership, but also said they are ready for change when they lined up for Tuesday's historic vote.

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The election turnout was impressive, especially among younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh of the USA -funded National Democratic Institute, which was monitoring the elections.

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