Liberia's president-elect vows to end corruption, says country is 'open for business'

Liberia's president-elect vows to end corruption, says country is 'open for business'

Liberia's president-elect vows to end corruption, says country is 'open for business'

Former worldwide soccer star George Weah is applauded as he arrives to speak to the press in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on Dec, 30, 2017, the day after Liberia';s elections board officially certified Weah as the victor of the nation';s presidential election.

Celebrations have begun in Liberia as former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah is set to be declared the victor of the West African nation's presidential election.

He beat Vice President Joseph Boakai, who took 38.5% of the vote.

Liberia's election run-off has been declared free and fair.

"Best wishes for the success of President-elect George Weah, and Vice President-elect, Jewel Taylor".

With this result, Weah is set to be installed as the 25th president of Liberia with effect from the third working Monday of January, 2018. His win marks Liberia's first democratic handover in more than 70 years.

Weah was declared the victor of Liberia's presidential election run-off on Friday, the country's elections commission confirmed.

Buhari says Nigeria is ready to work with Liberia on issues of mutual interest and called Weah's victory "an affirmation of the will of the Liberian people to remain united, peaceful and prosperous".

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"Weah honored Sirleaf, calling her 'the Iron Lady of Africa" and promising to 'build upon the institutional gains" her administration has made.

Outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is at the end of her second six-year term, will transfer power to Weah in the nation's first democratic transition since 1944.

The expectations are high especially among young Liberians, his support base, for job creation and poverty reduction.

In a speech to his supporters, the Unity Party candidate said he had spoken to Weah on the phone and offered him "a hand of goodwill, friendship and gratitude" as he accepted the provisional election results.

- He defeated the country's incumbent Vice President to emerge victor of the country's presidential run off election.

Weah played with AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, among others.

As Liberia grappled with the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Weah was elected as a senator, defeating Sirleaf's son Robert for the seat.

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