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"Pursuant to the authority vested in the Commission by the Constitution and the new election law of the Republic of Liberia, and based on the results just read, I, acting on behalf of the board of commissioners, do hereby declare the presidential ticket of senator George Weah and Jewel Howard-Taylor as the victor from the December 26, 2017 presidential run-off election", board president Jerome Korkoya said.

"The President equally applauds the efforts of the National Election Commission of Liberia, as well as regional and global observers who have contributed immensely to the electoral process and the strengthening of post-conflict democracy in the West African country".

Dressed in black, the vice president said he would not succumb to any temptation to impose pain, agony and uncertainty on the people of Liberia.

This is Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected head of state to another in more than 70 years.

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The French presidency says in a statement that Weah accepted the invitation.

Weah adds that "we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa".

Vice President Boakai conceded defeat on Friday and congratulated Weah on the result of Tuesday's run-off presidential election.

Weah, the only African ever to have won both FIFA's World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon D'Or, missed out on the presidency in a 2005 bid.

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Addressing supporters in Monrovia, Boakai promised to provide support to Weah, but he also reminded him of Liberia's fragile economy and the challenges that lie ahead.

Weah, 51, who starred in top-flight football at Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s and briefly at Chelsea and Manchester City before entering politics in 2002, won 61.5 percent of the ballot, taking 14 of Liberia's 15 counties.

In a nationwide broadcast from his party's headquarters in Monrovia on Friday, Mr. Boakai who was flanked by his supporters and party leaders, said he had already called Mr. Weah to congratulate him. A Nobel Laureate, Johnson is credited with restoring peace after the civil war.

Weah's supporters are confident that he will better represent their interests, which they believe seasoned politician Sirleaf failed to address after more than a decade in office.

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