George Weah, Joseph Boakai to contest Liberia’s presidential runoff

Liberia’s electoral commission on Sunday announced that former best world footballer, George Weah and incumbent Vice-President, Joseph Boakai, will face each other in a runoff vote for the presidency in November.

National Elections Commission chairman, Jerome Korkoya, told journalists that 1,550,923 votes had been counted and turnout was at 74.52%.

Weah has taken 39.0% of the votes and Boakai 29.1%.

This left both candidates well short of the 50% mark required to be declared an outright winner, from the first round of voting held on Tuesday.

Three other candidates took a significant share of votes, with the veteran opposition leader, Charles Brumskine, at 9.8%; former Coca-Cola executive, Alexander Cummings, at 7.1%; and former-warlord-turned-preacher, Prince Johnson, at 7.0%.

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