Weah, Boakai face Liberia’s presidential runoff next month

By Paul Stevens |

WASHINGTON, DC – Liberia’s former international footballer George Manneh Weah, who won Africa’s Best Player of the Year, and Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai will face a runoff for the presidency on November 7, according to a release from the National Election Commission Sunday.

With nationwide counts in from 95.6 percent of polling stations, Weah garnered 39.0 percent of the votes and Boakai 29.1 percent. Both candidates came short of the 50 percent threshold needed requiring to win outright in the first round of voting held on Tuesday, 10 October 2017.

Jerome Korkoya, the embattled chairman of the National Elections Commission told journalists that turnout was at 74.52 percent and a total of 1,550,923 votes had been counted.

Three other well-known candidates took a noteworthy share of the votes.

Accomplished corporate lawyer and veteran opposition leader Charles Brumskine stood at 9.8 percent, former Coca-Cola Global Corporate Executive Alexander Cummings obtained 7.1 percent and former war-time military general turned politician Prince Johnson at 7.0 percent.

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Source: Globe Afrique

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.