Former President John Dramani Mahama has congratulated the newly elected President of Liberia, George Weah, on winning a hard fought victory.
Mahama has also congratulated the government and people of Liberia for holding a peaceful and largely successful election.
Weah was declared winner of the run-off election after he garnered 61.5% of the total votes, beating the Vice President Joseph Boakai.
The former football player succeeds Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who steps down after serving the maximum two terms in office.
Read former President Mahama’s statement below…
Liberians have made themselves and the ECOWAS region proud and with the election fever now over, every Liberian should see the task of nation-building and development as a collective patriotic responsibility.
Congratulations to the CDC and George Weah and the Unity Party’s Joseph Boakai for the great sportsmanship exhibited. We are continuing to prove especially in the West African Subregion that we have embraced democracy and will play by its rules.
The work done by ECOWAS and the technical team assembled to assist the Liberian National Elections Commission is a testament to my strong belief when I was Chair of the ECOWAS Authority that we can make our regional organization a strong and vibrant one in the affairs of our countries.
Thank you to the ECOWAS Commission, thank you Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan and the Technical Support Team, thank you to the Observers, NEC and LNP, thank you the people of Liberia. The heroes of the election are the Liberian people themselves.