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As Liberia awaits presidential election result, ruling party summons emergency meeting

29 December 2017

George Weah emerged from Liberia's slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has leveraged his status as a revered figure among the country's young and poor in his second run for the presidency.

The Liberian former global soccer legend turned politician won the first round of the polls contested by 20 presidential candidates, but he did not obtain the 50 percent plus one vote required to be declared victor.

"I am deeply grateful to my family, my friends, and my loyal supporters who contributed to our campaign during this extremely long election season", Weah said on twitter before the results were announced.

Voters have chosen a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after 12 years as Africa's first elected female head of state.

Weah supporters paraded through the streets of the capital Monrovia and honked auto horns to celebrate the news.

Liberia's Electoral Commission says it will begin the announcement of provisional results of the 2017 presidential runoff on Thursday 28 December.

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The Liberia Elections Observation Network, which had more than 1,000 observers stationed across the country, hailed a vote it said had passed calmly with better organisation than the first poll on October 10, as did observers from the European Union. His failure to secure an outright majority forced a run-off.

Legal challenges delayed the vote to replace Ms Sirleaf, and turnout was low.

Taylor is serving his 50-year prison sentence in the United Kingdom for war crimes related to the conflict in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

More than two million people were eligible to cast their ballots in the nation of 4.6 million people.

Taylor is serving his 50-year prison sentence in the United Kingdom for war crimes related to the conflict in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

As Liberia awaits presidential election result, ruling party summons emergency meeting