George Weah declared victor of Liberia vote

George Weah

ANC Presidential Candidate, Alexander Cummings Congratulates George Weah On His Election As Liberia's Next

Liberia's National Election Commission has declared George Weah president-elect and Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect following a December 26 runoff poll.

Mr Weah, who tweeted: "Change is on", succeeds Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to become president next month, the country's first democratic transition since 1944.

Weah responded: "I am honoured to join a new generation of heads of state".

"As a leader in the West African sub-region, Nigeria, especially under the PDP, played key roles in ensuring political stability in Liberia and must continue to show direction by ensuring the consolidation of democratic practice and culture both at home and in other countries in the sub-region".

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"Weah honored Sirleaf, calling her 'the Iron Lady of Africa" and promising to 'build upon the institutional gains" her administration has made.

"I refuse to subject our nation to such an experience", he said.

Weah made the promise while delivering his victory speech at his party's headquarters in Monrovia on Saturday.

The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics after his 2002 retirement, led the first-round election in October but didn't receive enough votes to win outright.

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He is set to take office in January. He ran as the vice presidential candidate with diplomat Winston Tubman in the 2011 poll; they boycotted the runoff that granted Sirleaf her second term.

The lawmaker, who also congratulated Weah, pointed out that the hard work, persistence and steadfastness displayed by the football legend should be adopted by Nigerian youths in meeting their target-goals in life. Weah responded by thanking Sall for "his support and advice". 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. He obtained a high school diploma overseas and earned a degree from Illinois-based DeVry University.

As Liberia grappled with the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Weah was elected as a senator, defeating Sirleaf's son Robert for the seat.

Ekweremadu urged the former World Footballer of the Year "to reciprocate the enormous goodwill and confidence reposed in him by the good people of Liberia and the global community by running an all-inclusive government".

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