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Liberia polls close in presidential election

12 October 2017

Any irregularities would taint the results of an election expected to mark the first democratic transfer of power in over seven decades in a country haunted by a civil war that ended almost 15 years ago. But the Observer reports that he and Joseph Boakai, of the ruling Unity Party, dominated polling and emerged far ahead of the rest of the field.

With 20 people running for the West African nation's highest office, analysts do not believe anyone will win outright with just over 50 percent of the vote.

In the presidential post, the former footballer will replace Nobel Laureate for Peace in 2011, Ellen Johnson Surley, who has won two six-year terms.

Sirleaf has been the President of Liberia since 2006 following 14 years of a deadly civil war during the reign of the now incarcerated former President Charles Taylor, who was ousted by rebels in 2003.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is delighted for George Weah after he was elected president of Liberia. The election took place on Tuesday.

There are 986 aspirants for the 73 seats in the House of representatives.

Numerous more than 2.1 million voters are calling for a president who will improve the economy and access to electricity.

Weah who was a former Chelsea and Manchester City player, was also a three-time victor of the African Footballer of the Year prize.

Liberia polls close in presidential election