Boakai Declared Winner Of Liberia Presidential Election
Muhammad Irfan Published November 21, 2023 | 12:40 AM
Monrovia, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Nov, 2023) Political veteran Joseph Boakai was on Monday declared winner of Liberia's presidential election, beating incumbent George Weah, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) said after completing the ballot count.
Boakai won with only a 20,567-vote margin. Weah had already conceded defeat on Friday evening, based on the results of more than 99.98 per cent of the polling stations.
"Liberians have once again demonstrated that democracy is alive in the ECOWAS region and that change is possible through peaceful means," the Economic Community of West African States said in a statement.
The election six years ago of Weah -- the first African footballer to win both FIFA's World Player of the Year trophy and the Ballon d'Or -- had sparked high hopes of change in Liberia, which is still reeling from back-to-back civil wars and the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic.
While his party lost, "Liberia has won," Weah had said on radio.
"This is a time for graciousness in defeat," he said, adding "Our time will come again".
The West African bloc also said that the post-election phase was "crucial", and called on "the people of Liberia to maintain and safeguard peace and security".
The commission has 30 days to investigate and reach a decision, she said.
Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, who led a mediation mission for the election, said he was "deeply pleased with the successful outcome of the democratic process", in comments posted on X, formerly Twitter.
He went on to congratulate Boakai, urging him "to be magnanimous in victory and seek to continue the efforts to unite" Liberia.
Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is a heavyweight in the West African bloc, commended Weah's concession saying it had averted any form of socio-political crisis.
"He has defied the stereotype that peaceful transitions of power are untenable in West Africa," Tinubu said.