Vice president bows to election defeat

Mr. Mamadee Bangali Sesay President of FELMASUA

He unsuccessfully ran for the presidency in 2005 against Sirleaf, but was later elected as a senator in 2014.

Mr Weah, in a Twitter post after the results were announced, said: "My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation".

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 whole of Africa must be proud of the road His Excellency George (Weah) took to where he is today", said Jordaan.

French President Emmanuel Macron hailed the ex-star striker's victory in a tweet on Friday. He played for top local clubs before starting his worldwide career in Cameroon, then moved on to AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, where he became famous.

Drogba's compatriot, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure wrote: "Congratulations president Weah!"

From Monaco Weah moved to PSG where he picked up two Cup titles in 1993 and 1995, a league title in 1994 as well as sparkling in Europe.

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He will take office in January.

A Political scientist, Dr. Seidu Alidu says George Weah's victory in Liberia's presidential election was expected.

Joseph Boakai in an address to the nation on Friday is offering to help Weah's new government if needed. The clip was uploaded to Facebook shortly after it was announced the 51-year-old politician had won the election.

His journey to the Ballon D'Or, given annually to the world's best footballer began here: For teams including Young Survivors, Mighty Barrolle and the aptly named Invincible Eleven for whom Weah scored 24 goals in 23 games.

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.

Africa's first female president, Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is stepping aside after two terms at the head of the nation founded by freed American slaves. She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak that killed almost 5,000 Liberians.

The VP's earlier call to the Montserrado County Senator, and his (Boakai) public concession speech ends his quest to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - his boss of 12 years and Liberia and Africa first democratically elected female president - who many believe had never been in support of her VP's presidential bid.

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