Ex-soccer star Weah elected Liberia president by wide margin
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah has been elected Liberia's new president by a wide margin as the West African nation faces its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.
Vice President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating the ex-soccer star.
The National Election Commission later declared Weah president-elect and his running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect.
The Latest: Liberia declares George Weah president-elect
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The Latest on Liberia's election (all times local):
Liberia's National Election Commission has declared George Weah president-elect and Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect following a Dec. 26 runoff poll.
The commission says their party, the Coalition for Democratic Change, received 61.5 percent of the vote with 732,185 votes, beating Vice President Joseph Boakai's Unity Party which got 457,579 or 38.5 percent of the votes.