'Former World Best Footballer, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'

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Liberia, founded by freed USA slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power in 73 years.

Emerging reports indicate that the election is nearly certain to go to a run-off with 20 candidates contesting to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a contest that completes the country's first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years.

"The Liberty Party is deeply troubled by the discovery of numerous incidents of irregularities and fraud that occurred during the elections", Liberty Party national chairman Benjamin Sanvee said in a statement.

Although footballer George Weah is being touted on social media as the new president of Liberia, the nation's electoral body is yet to announce the election results officially.

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Worldwide observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties. This is an important step toward achieving Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected head of state to another in decades. Final results should be known within two weeks.

Sirleaf will step aside after two six-year terms in office. The Nobel Peace Prize victor was Africa's first female president and helped the country rebuild from years of civil war and the devastating Ebola crisis.

Voters commended her leadership but said they were ready for change. The turnout was impressive, especially among the younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh, of the United States funded National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, which is monitoring the elections.

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