As Liberia awaits presidential election result, ruling party summons emergency meeting

The senator of Montserrado County - once named Fifa World Player and victor of the much coveted Ballon d'or - defeated his 73-year-old opponent Vice President Joseph Boakai in a landslide victory in results announced in Liberia on Wednesday morning.

A statement by the party's spokesperson, Mo Ali, explained that the party's candidate and incumbent vice president, Joseph Boakai, will also be available at the meeting.

"I voted for George Weah because he is the one who will bring the change we have been waiting for in this country", declared supporter John Momoh after casting his ballot on Tuesday.

The commission also clarified that it did not schedule a press conference for Wednesday as reported in the media.

The U.S. -based Carter Center said there were "notable improvements" in the handling of Tuesday's vote from the first round in October, echoing positive assessments from other global observers.

The two were vying to replace Africa's first female president, Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

As Liberia awaits presidential election result, ruling party summons emergency meeting
As Liberia awaits presidential election result, ruling party summons emergency meeting

The vote was delayed for seven weeks due to legal challenges lodged by Boakai's Unity Party against the electoral commission over the conduct of the first round of voting.

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has congratulated the newly elected President of Liberia, George Opong Weah, describing him as someone destined by God to be president.

Charles Taylor is serving a 50-year sentence in Britain for war crimes committed in neighbouring Sierra Leone, but his presence has loomed over the election.

NEC announces, with 98.1% of ballots counted in the runoff election, that CDC has won 61.5% of the total votes, with UP getting 38.5%.

But, though Liberia enjoyed prolonged peace, post-civil war stability and weathering a devastating Ebola outbreak during Johnson Sirleaf tenure, the president is accused of failing to combat poverty and corruption.

On Tuesday polling stations displayed voter lists as a mark of transparency.

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