The only African Player to once win the best player in the world award, George Oppong Weah, has been elected as the new President of Liberia in an historic runoff election.
Weah captured the majority of votes in 12 of the countries 15 counties, making him the clear winner in a landslide victory.
The 51 year old beat Vice President Joseph Boakai in a run-off after either candidate failed to capture 50% of the vote in the first round. Weah won that election but did not capture the needed majority support.
However, the run-off has been decided heavily in his favour, with Liberia’s electoral commission announcing Weah captured 61.5% of the vote.
Despite numerous reports that he had won the election, official results were yet to be announced – but that just changed within the past few minutes.
Weah, before entering politics, was a legendary football player who played for A.C Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Chelsea, among others. He won the African Footballer of the Year award 3 times, and the Ballon d’Or and Fifa World Player of the Year award once each in 1994 and 1995. Weah is generally considered one of the most deadly strikers of all time.
He first contested for President in Liberia in 2005, but was walloped by current President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. He has since served as senator from his home country of Montserrado.
#BREAKING Ex-footballer George Weah wins Liberia presidential run-off, according to partial results
— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 28, 2017