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George Weah Era Ends In Liberia, Septuagenarian Boakai Is New President

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George Weah Era Ends In Liberia, Septuagenarian Boakai Is New President

Joseph Boakai, leading opposition leader has finally emerged winner of the tightly contested elections in Liberia’s democratic history.

According to the results released by Davidetta Brown-Lansana, the chairperson of the National Electoral Commission NEC, at exactly 5pm local time, Boakai polled 814,212 votes to defeat incumbent George Weah, who polled 785,778 votes.

The vote differential is 28,434, or 1.78%.

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Total votes cast was 1,599,990, with 25,694 invalid votes. Number of Registered voters was 1,625,684.

Boakai, who is 78 years old, served as the 29th vice president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018, under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He previously served as the Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1985.

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