Boakai Declared Winner Of Liberia Presidential Election
Umer Jamshaid Published November 21, 2023 | 08:20 AM
Monrovia, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Nov, 2023) Political veteran Joseph Boakai was on Monday declared the winner of Liberia's presidential election, beating incumbent George Weah, electoral authorities said after completing the ballot count.
Boakai won with 50.64 percent of the vote, against 49.36 percent of the vote for former international football star Weah, the president of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Davidetta Browne Lansanah, told reporters.
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 percent 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 the radio.
"This is a time for graciousness in defeat," he said, adding "our time will come again".
The African Union sent its congratulations to Boakai on Monday.
US President Joe Biden also sent congratulations to Boakai, while praising Weah for "respecting the will of the people, and putting patriotism above politics".