Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Former Ballon d’Or winner George Weah thanks Liberia for voting for him



Former Ballon d’Or winner, George Weah, who is on the verge of becoming the president of Liberia has thanked the citizens of the country for voting for him.

Liberians went to the polls on Tuesday for a presidential election they hope will mark their first democratic transfer of power in more than seven decades, despite allegations of fraud.

The poll follows a month of political tensions fuelled by claims that the first-round poll was rigged in Weah's favour.

Weah won with 38 percent versus Boakai's 29 percent.

The country’s Electoral Commission is yet to declare the official results of the presidential votes.

The former football icon on Tuesday thanked the Liberian people for voting for him.

“It is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honoring me with your vote today. It is a great hope. #Liberia #Liberia2017,” Weah tweeted.


The former world footballer of the year is squaring up against vice president Joseph Boakai, both of them promising to tackle poverty and corruption in a country where most citizens have no reliable electricity or clean drinking water.

They are bidding to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in a run-off vote delayed for more than a month after Boakai and another candidate alleged widespread fraud in October's first-round vote, a challenge that the Supreme Court rejected this month.
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