Wild Jubilations As George Weah Emerges 25th Liberia’s President
Liberians took to the streets in celebrating the victory of their choice candidate, as former Ballon d’Or winner and retired footballer George Oppong Weah was announced on Wednesday the new President-elect of Liberia, after defeating his opponent Vice President Joseph Boakai to become the country’s 25th president in a landslide victory.
The 51-yr-old former World Footballer of the Year swept 12 out of the 15 counties with his 73-year-old opponent Boakai getting only two counties. “I am deeply grateful to my family, my friends, and my loyal supporters who contributed to our campaign during this extremely long election season.
“It is with deep emotion that I thank the Liberian people for giving me their votes today. Hope is huge,” the senator of Montserrado County reacted in a series of tweet before the results were announced on Wednesday.
The former AC Milan striker is set to replace Africa’s first female head of state, economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as the West African nation witnessed another handing over power from one democratically elected government to another.
Weah was labelled an illiterate 13 years ago when he first contested for the Liberia’s presidency, but went to school, brushed himself up, and later came back and won the election. He will be sworn in as the president of Liberia next year.