Liberia

Monrovia (AFP) Liberian parties began internal talks on Monday on whether to back former international footballer George Weah or incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai in a runoff for the presidency. Weah obtained 39.0 percent and Boakai 29.1 percent of votes cast on Tuesday with 95.6 percent of polling stations counted, triggering a second round to be held on November 7. But three other candidates took a significant share of votes. Veteran opposition leader Charles Brumskine picked up 9.8 percent, former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings 7.1 percent and former-warlord-turned-preacher Prince JohnsonRead More
Monrovia (AFP) President Ellen Sirleaf’s vice president since 2005, Joseph Boakai has campaigned as a natural transition candidate after helping to ensure peace has prevailed in Liberia since back-to-back civil wars. Boakai will face former footballer George Weah in a runoff for the presidency on November 7, and is trailing the former footballer in the majority of the country. Boakai presents himself as an everyman who transcended his humble beginnings, and has attempted to craft a more energetic image after earning the unfortunate title of “Sleepy Joe” for his propensityRead More
Monrovia (AFP) George Weah, 51, emerged from Liberia’s slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has leveraged his status as a revered figure among young people in his second run for the presidency. Now Weah has a confirmed place in the runoff round against incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai on November 7, the result of 12 years spent seeking to build political credibility to match his huge popularity. The first African player to win both FIFA’s World Player of the Year trophy and the Ballon d’Or, Weah wasRead More
Monrovia (AFP) Former international footballer George Weah and Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai will face a runoff for the country’s presidency on November 7, the electoral commission announced on Sunday. With tallies in from 95.6 percent of polling stations, Weah took 39.0 percent of the votes and Boakai 29.1 percent, both well short of the 50-percent barrier required to win outright from the first round of voting held on Tuesday. Whoever wins the second round of voting will replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state,Read More
Monrovia (AFP) Former international footballer George Weah and Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai will face a runoff for the country’s presidency on November 7, the national election commission announced Sunday. With tallies in from 95.6 percent of polling stations, Weah took 39.0 percent of the votes and Boakai 29.1 percent, both well short of the 50-percent barrier required to win outright from the first round of voting held on Tuesday. Whoever wins the second round of voting will replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state,Read More
Monrovia (AFP) Former football star George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai on Saturday edged closer to competing in a run-off vote for Liberia’s presidency, with three quarters of polling stations counted. Weah now commands 39.2 percent of votes cast and counted while Boakai has taken 29.6 percent, the chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Joseph Korkoya told journalists in Monrovia. If no single candidate gains more than 50 percent of the vote, a run-off will be scheduled in November between the top two contenders, according to Liberian law.Read More
Monrovia (AFP) More partial figures released by Liberia’s electoral commission Friday showed former footballer George Weah ahead of incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai as they battle for the presidency. With 33.71 percent of polling stations counted, Weah has taken the lead with 39.7 percent (205,218 votes), while Boakai claimed 31.2 percent, (161,413 votes), in a contest to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the National Elections Commission (NEC) said. The pair are well clear of all other candidates. Third and fourth place are held by longtime opposition leader Charles Brumskine with 9.4Read More
Monrovia (AFP) Liberian presidential candidates George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai dominated partial tallies released by the country’s electoral commission on Thursday, but the results showed the vast majority of votes are yet to be counted. Political parties have expressed concern over polling-day hitches on Tuesday that have caused significant delays to the results, with one party calling for a halt to the ballot counting. Weah and Boakai are expected to top the first round of voting, according to analysts, though former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings is considered to haveRead More
Monrovia (AFP) Liberia’s election results were delayed on Wednesday by hitches at a number of polling stations, with Vice President Joseph Boakai and footballer George Weah seen as the frontrunners to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The National Elections Commission (NEC) is expected to announce the first official results from the presidential and legislative elections on Thursday. If no candidate wins 50 percent of the presidential vote, a run-off between the top two contenders will be held on November 7, an outcome analysts say is a near certainty. Turnout for Liberia’sRead More
Monrovia (AFP) Liberians turned out in force on Tuesday to choose a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a contest set to complete the country’s first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years. A calm day of ballot casting with long lines across the nation gave way to counting after polls closed, capping a campaign hailed for vibrant and violence-free debates and rallies in the small West African nation. Frontrunners include footballing icon George Weah, incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai, longtime opposition figure Charles Brumskine and formerRead More