The National Election COMMISSION (NEC) of Liberia yesterday announced that former ace footballer George Weah has won the run-off election conducted in Liberia.
He got the highest votes cast to beat his strong opponent and the Vice President of the outgoing government Joseph Boakai who got 38.5 percent of the votes cast.
The former football star through his party Congress for Democratic Change(CDC) garnered 61.5 percent of votes cast in the 15 counties of Liberia.
According to NEC chairman Jerome Korkoyah, turn out for the second round run-off stood at 56.5 percent. The President-elect George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah will be sworn in January 2018 to assume duty. He will take over from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who has ruled for 12 years from 2005 to 2017.
George Weah, 51, was born in August 27, 1966 in Clara town slum area of Monrovia the capital. He was the only and first ever African to win the FIFA World Footballer of the Year in 1995.
His exploits in football is legendary having played for such first class clubs like AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain(PSG), Monaco and Chelsea.
George Weah, a DeVry University New York America graduate is among the top ten richest African footballers with net worth of $85 million. He has a private jet, and is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and Senator of the Federal Republic of Liberia.
His running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor is the former wife of former president of Liberia Charles Taylor who got another wife in Nigeria while on exile.
Weah played 60 matches for Liberia for over 20 years and scored 22 goals during the period.
Apart from FIFA World Footballer of Year Award, George also won Ballon d'Or and Arthur Ashe Courage Awards. He is married to a Jamaican-American lady called Clear Duncan Weah. The marriage produced Timothy Weah, 17, who was born in Brooklyn, America. He plays with PSG U-19 as a striker like his father. His younger brother is also a footballer.
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