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Finally George Weah Is Now President Of Liberia

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Whoever said football and politics don’t mix, should just sit down and take a chill pill because George Weah has defied the odds and successfully been elected to the biggest political post in Liberia.

After the long tension, the former footballer was announced winner of the just concluded Liberian president elections, beating close rival and vice president Joseph Boakai.

George Weah clinched 12 of the 15 counties in the West African country.

“It is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honouring me with your vote today. It is a great hope,” Weah wrote.

George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in now president of Liberia

The former AC Milan striker becomes the 25th president of the country.

His opponent, 73-year-old Joseph Boakai  who has been the country’s vice president for the last 12 years, got only two counties vote for him.

In the first election that happened a few months back, there was no winner as both candidates couldn’t get the right percentage to win them victory and so the country had to go back to the ballots.

The former AC Milan footballer first ran for the post of vice president in 2011 but was on the losing end. He didn’t give up as he went back on the drawing board and reorganized himself to come for the bigger post which he has achieved now.

George Weah, full names George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah aged 51 succeeds Ellen Sirleaf Johnson.

George Weah is the first African footballer to have won the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or and during his playing days enjoyed footballing stints at Monaco, PSG, Marseille (France) and AC Milan in Italy.

 

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