Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

...And Former Blue Weah Is Elected President of Liberia

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

...And Former Blue Weah Is Elected President of Liberia

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EX-CITY player George Weah has been elected Liberia's new president.

The 51-year-old former world player of the year won by a wide margin as the West African nation faces its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.

Vice-president Joseph Boakai conceded yesterday, congratulating the former Fifa World Player of the Year.

With more than 98 per cent of votes counted, Mr Weah received 61.5pc of the ballots while Mr Boakai received 38.5pc.

In his first public comments, Mr Weah, who made nine appearances for the Blues in the 2000/1 season, said he was 'honoured to join a new generation of heads of state'.

Tweeting in French in response to congratulations from French president Emmanuel Macron, he added that 'we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa'. …

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