A Football Star Became the President of Liberia

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The NEC was originally expected to release preliminary results on Thursday.

George Oppong Weah, former footballer and the only African player to win Ballon d'Or is in the lead as vote counting continues across Liberia following that country's presidential elections. In 2005 George Wea again ran for president, but then remained second in the vote, after Surley.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, early on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 joined the queue at precisely 8:20a.m.in Fefeh Town, Bomi County to cast her vote.

Following the backlash observer missions received after declaring Kenya's recent elections were fair, the two African observer missions fell short of giving a final verdict on the conduct of the polls. The Nobel Peace Prize victor was Africa's first female president and helped the country rebuild from years of civil war and the devastating Ebola crisis.

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Numerous more than 2.1 million voters are calling for a president who will improve the economy and access to electricity. Voters commended her leadership, but also said they are ready for change when they lined up for Tuesday's historic vote.

The United States called the election "an important step toward achieving Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected head of state to another in decades".

The election turnout was impressive, especially among younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh of the US -funded National Democratic Institute, which was monitoring the elections.

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