AC Milan legend George Weah elected new Liberia president

George Weah Liberia election
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The former Ballon d'Or winner has been elected president after securing 12 of the 15 counties in the west African nation

George Weah has won Liberia's election for a new president, succeeding  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The 1995 Fifa Ballon d'Or winner and three-time African Player of the Year defeated 73-year-old Joseph Boakai to become the country’s 25th president.

Weah succeeds Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the first elected female head of state in Africa.

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The AC Milan legend had indeed reaped the most votes in the first round of voting but he nonetheless failed to meet the required amount to secure election.

And as a result, faced a run-off against the current vice-president, the Unity Party candidate Joseph Boakai – defeating him by clinching 12 of the 15 counties in the west African country.

Weah ran for vice-president in 2011 and went on to easily win a seat at the senate in 2014 - beating the son of President Sirleaf, Robert, by clinching 78 per cent of the votes in Montserrado County, which holds the country’s capital, Monrovia.