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George Weah may lose the Liberian presidential runoff.

Initial results from the presidential run-off election in Liberia point to an extremely tight race

With almost a quarter of the results in, opposition candidate Joseph Boakai is just ahead of President George Weah

According to the election commission, Mr Boakai currently has 50.7% of the vote, while Mr Weah has 49.3%.

Both men were neck and neck in the first round, with the third-placed contender receiving only 2% of the vote.

MONROVIA – Liberian President George Weah will face a tough runoff election Tuesday in order to defeat a repeat rival and win a second term in the West African country.
The former international soccer player handily defeated Joseph Boakai in the 2017 runoff, but data from the first round of voting last month show the two neck and neck: Weah received 43.83% of the vote, while Boakai received 43.44%.

“We are approaching an election in which no candidate has a significant competitive advantage,” said Ibrahim Nyei, executive director of the Ducor Institute for Social and Economic Research.
Both candidates have been aggressively pursuing the endorsements of the other small opposition parties in the weeks since the first round on October 10. So far, Boakai has secured the support of the third, fourth, and fifth-place finishers. While only 5.6% of the vote, it might tip the runoff in Boakai’s favor. Meanwhile, Weah has obtained the backing of two additional opposition groups.

Liberians may have to wait a long time for results: It took two weeks for election officials to reveal the results of the first round and the need for a runoff.
Weah emphasized in his final appeal to voters that “this runoff election is not just about re-electing me as president for a second term.”
“It is about the future of Liberia.” It is about your children, families, communities, and future generations,” Weah explained. “Together, we will continue to forge a path toward progress, peace, and prosperity.”
Weah was elected in 2017 amid great expectations, thanks to his commitment to eradicate poverty and build infrastructure. It was the first democratic transfer of power in the West African nation since the end of the country’s back-to-back civil conflicts, which killed an estimated 250,000 people between 1989 and 2003.
However, the 57-year-old president has been accused of failing to keep key campaign promises such as fighting corruption and ensuring justice for victims of the country’s past wars.
Boakai, 78, ran on a platform of liberating Liberia from what he considered Weah’s disastrous leadership. He was previously the vice president of Liberia under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female leader.
“These runoff elections represent the final push to remove the terror, lawlessness, corruption, indifference, neglect, and incompetence that have plagued our country for six years,” he said in his penultimate speech before the vote on Tuesday. “We are confident that Liberians will turn out again in their mass to demonstrate their love, courage, resilience, and determination to join us in rescuing our country.”

 

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