African football legend George Weah wins Liberia Presidential Election

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The Liberty Party, whose candidate Charles Brumskine was considered a front-runner to take over from Nobel Peace Prize victor and outgoing leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said it would consider taking legal action if the National Elections Commission (NEC) did not act on its demands.

A runoff election was widely expected with 20 candidates vying to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female president.

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Although footballer George Weah is being touted on social media as the new president of Liberia, the nation's electoral body is yet to announce the election results officially. A presidential candidate must win more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a second round. Global observers say Tuesday's vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties. 2,183,683 people registered to vote and the elections body reports of a high turnout.

The final results are due to be declared today by Liberia's National Elections Commission (NEC).

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Sirleaf has been the President of Liberia since 2006 following 14 years of a deadly civil war during the reign of the now incarcerated former President Charles Taylor, who was ousted by rebels in 2003.

Voters commended her leadership but said they were ready for change. The turnout was impressive, especially among the younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh, of the USA funded National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, which is monitoring the elections.

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