Senator Ekweremadu congratulates George Weah, Liberians

Senator Ekweremadu congratulates George Weah, Liberians

Senator Ekweremadu congratulates George Weah, Liberians

"Success for George Weah is victory for the whole country", a 47-year-old engineer named Randall Zarkpah said as he walked home with his young son through streets filled with the sounds of vehicle horns and loud cheers as dusk fell.

In a nationwide broadcast from his party's headquarters in Monrovia on Friday, Mr. Boakai who was flanked by his supporters and party leaders, said he had already called Mr. Weah to congratulate him.

In his victory speech, Weah said he wants to work with all Liberians, no matter their political affiliations, in order to move the country forward towards progress.

Weah was declared the victor of Liberia's presidential election run-off on Friday, the country's elections commission confirmed.

Weah responded: "I am honoured to join a new generation of heads of state".

Weah adds that "we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa".

Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize victor, steps down.

The new president is expected to take office in January. Commonly known as Ma Ellen, Johnson Sirleaf defeated Weah in two previous elections.

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Newly elected Liberia president George Weah has urged former Cote d'Ivoire global Didier Drogba to lead his country in politics.

Vice-President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating Weah.

Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Africa's first female president, Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, steps aside.

Chairman of the commission, Mr Jerome Korkoya, made the declaration after announcing the final results of the December 26 presidential runoff election at the NEC headquarters in Monrovia.

Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sent words of felicitations to 1995 Fifa Player of the Year, George Weah, on winning Liberia's presidential elections.

According to official provisional results announced Thursday by the National Elections Commission, Weah accumulated 61.5 percent of the total valid votes with 98.1 percent of polling places reporting, while Vice President Boakai obtained 38.5 percent of the valid votes.

"He remained humble, focused and his commitment to serving his people has seen him being elected the first professional footballer to lead his country".

The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics after his 2002 retirement, led the first-round election in October but didn't receive enough votes to win outright.

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