In Liberia’s presidential election, former Vice President Joseph Boakai won against incumbent President George Weah in the second round of voting. Boakai, who represented the Unity Party, has secured an unassailable lead with 814,212 votes out of the available 1,625,684 votes. Meanwhile, Weah, who belongs to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, got 785,778 votes, trailing behind Boakai....Click Here To Continue Reading>>
As of 4 pm on Friday, Boakai’s lead over Weah was 28,434 votes. The remaining ballots to be counted are 25,694, which means Weah cannot surpass Boakai even if he gets all the pending votes.
Weah, a former football star, came into power in 2018 after defeating Boakai in the election.
Boakai served as vice president under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from 2006 to 2018.
Weah is reported to have accepted defeat.
He said, “A few moments ago, I spoke with president-elect Joseph Boakai to congratulate him on his victory,” George Weah is quoted to have said on national radio. “I urge you (his supporters) to follow my example and accept the results of the elections.
“Tonight, the CDC has lost the election, but Liberia has won. This is a time for graciousness in defeat, a time to place our country above party, and patriotism above personal interest . . . Let us heal the divisions caused by the campaign and come together as one nation and one united people.”