Former soccer star george weah has won liberias presidential runoff election and will succeed incumbent ellen johnson sirleaf next month, the countrys first democratic transition in over 70 years. Thus, king won the dubious achievement of being listed in the guinness book of records for the most fraudulent election reported in history. Amid these disputes ahead of the national elections commission nec timeline for the release of the final byelection results, the council of. General elections were held in liberia on 10 october 2017, electing the president and house of representatives. Elections are regulated by the national elections commission of liberia nec. George weah after casting his ballot in the second round of presidential elections in monrovia, liberia. After taylor left liberia in 2003, the national transitional government ntg, headed by liberian businessman gyude bryant and supported by united nations peacekeeping troops, was established and ruled until a new administration was democratically elected and installed. Monrovia, liberia former fifa world player of the year george weah has been elected liberias new president by a wide margin as the west african nation faces its. Dec 29, 2017 monrovia, liberia former fifa world player of the year george weah has been elected liberias new president by a wide margin as the west african nation faces its first democratic transfer of. General elections were held in liberia on 10 october 2017 to elect the president and house of representatives. Former ac milan and chelsea striker george weah is set to be named president of liberia after winning the runoff election on tuesday. Crowds of people rushed to the streets of monrovia and other towns in liberia as the countrys national elections commission, nec, announced that george weah, the candidate of the opposition. George weah and up standardbearer vice president joseph boakai competed in a runoff on 26 december. Exsoccer star king george weah wins liberias presidency.
Dec 27, 2017 mr weah, 51, won the first round, but did not secure the required 50% of the vote for an outright victory. No candidate won a majority in the first round of the presidential vote, so the top two finishers cdc standardbearer amb. The country of liberia is still impacted by past colonial rule, civil war, and poor governance. Dec 29, 2017 mr weah, 51, won the first round of the presidential election in october with 38. The elections were the first that the national elections commission nec was to conduct fully independently, without largescale international support. George weah wins liberia presidential election the standard. Urey accepted defeat couples of hours after the records of the counts were being. The election, set to be liberias first democratic transition of power since.
The polls were marred by allegations of widespread fraud and rigging. The sirleafboakai unity party won the 2005 election. George weah declared winner of liberia vote news al jazeera. The national elections commission of liberia nec says, it will this weekend continue the burning.
Liberias president wins boycotted runoff vote the new. The election marks liberias first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected headofstate to another in decades. Not since 1944, will a liberian president take the oath of. Retired professional footballer turned politician, george manneh weah, has reportedly won the liberia presidential election, even as the electoral commission has continued to stall the announcement. Monrovia frontpageafrica has gathered from a wellplaced source at the national elections commission nec that the prolonged montserrado county byelection is set to take place on july 29. The elections are overseen by the national elections commission nec. The partial legislative elections in district 15 of montserrado county, which includes monrovia, were first held on july 29, at the same time as a partial senatorial election, for a seat, won by. The 1927 general elections in liberia made history as the most fraudulent election ever held. Weah was declared the winner of liberias presidential election runoff on friday, the countrys elections commission confirmed.
He won with a 99 percent margin of victory baddorf 2017. George weah set to win liberia presidential runoff news. Analysis on saturday, voters across nigeria will go to the poll to elect the president, 109 senators and 360 members of the house of representatives. Soccer legend george weah elected president of liberia. The 2017 liberian presidential election, who will win. George weah has won the presidential runoff election. Many independent observers believed that the liberian. A runoff election was then scheduled between weah and vice president joseph boakai, who won 28. Ruling cdc, opposition liberty party claim victory in. International observers almost all agreed an opposition candidate from the liberia action party lap won by a clear margin. Former soccer star george weah is set to win the december 26 presidential election runoff in liberia.
Dec 28, 2017 former international soccer star george weah has defeated vice president joseph boakai to win liberias presidential election runoff with 61. Dec 28, 2017 former ac milan and chelsea striker george weah is set to be named president of liberia after winning the runoff election on tuesday. Elections history in africas oldest democratic republic. Cdc sah joseph replaced him when he became president in 2018 after the 2017 presidential election. The election, set to be liberia s first democratic transition of power since. Official results showed that samuel doe won the presidential election with 50. Abu bana kamara of the coalition for democratic change was declared the winner after obtaining 49. Football star george weah wins liberian presidential election. Liberias ruling party challenged the results of the first round of presidential elections in which its candidate was the runnerup. George weah wins liberian presidential runoff election. Arsenals manager arsene wenger has seemingly been duped by false reports that former football star george weah had won liberias presidential. Weah won the runoff election on december 26 with 61. Liberia has elected former soccer star george weah as its new president following a runoff election. Election report national elections in liberia, fall 2017.
During the vote count, doe replaced the election officials with his own special election committee secom who announced does national democratic party of liberia had won. In the representative election, 65 out of 94 polling places have been. The elections were the first held since 1997 and marked the end of the political transition following the second civil war, having been stipulated in the accra comprehensive peace. Redirected from liberian general election, 2005 general elections were held in liberia on 11 october 2005, with a runoff election for the presidency held on 8 november. Home, about nec, legal documents, voters registration, check voters information, election results, procurement, gender, ipcc, contact nec. No candidate won a majority in the first round of the presidential vote, so a runoff was held. Liberia suffered two brutal civil wars between 1989 and 2003. Liberias presidential election is a milestone for democracy. I have covered the 2017 liberian presidential election since 2016, over eight months before the start of the campaign in 2017. Retired professional footballer turned politician, george manneh weah, has reportedly won the liberia presidential election, even as the electoral commission has continued to. The international community was instrumental in bringing peace and sustaining peace in liberia. George weah is set to win liberia s presidential election runoff, based on provisional results. Urey accepted defeat couples of hours after the records of the counts were being posted at the 20 polling places where the rerun. Senatorial elections are staggered, with one senator from each county being elected in elections held three years apart, followed by a sixyear period in which no.
Liberias ruling party is challenging the results of the first round of presidential elections in which its candidate was the runnerup. It won the bysenatorial election in 2009 and in 2014 and 2018 won the seat, defeating massively president sirleafs son, robert sirleaf. This article is a culmination of six weeks of reading and conversations with journalists, political strategists, pundits, and average voters about the candidates and the presidential election. Liberias election was my first political coverage in africa. Former soccer star george weah has won liberia s presidential runoff election and will succeed incumbent ellen johnson sirleaf next month, the countrys first democratic transition in over 70 years. Byelections results show diminishing popularity of liberias.
Former footballer wins liberia presidential election. During the vote count, doe replaced the election officials with his own special election committee secom who announced does national democratic party of liberia had won the election. The elections are overseen by the national elections commission nec the runoff was held on 26 december. Arsene wenger wrongly celebrates george weahs liberia. Taylor won the election in a landslide, garnering 75 percent of the vote.
Weahs inauguration marked the first time since 1944 that power in liberia was transferred between two democratically elected leaders. In final liberia election report, carter center urges election reform. He has been senator for montserrado county in liberia after being elected in 2014. The election in the election of liberias election bartleby. Telia urey concedes early defeat in district 15 by. Former ac milan, monaco and fifa world footballer of the year, george weah has been announced as the winner of liberias presidential. George weah, an exfootballer, wins liberias presidential. With incumbent president ellen johnson sirleaf, who won elections in 2005 and 2011, no longer.
On thursday, as the last ballots in a presidential election were being. The quotes above capture the behavior of liberian voters who went to the polls on saturday july 19 to vote in an election that capped liberias onerous peace process. It is a crucial and important election not only for liberians, but also for the international community, particularly the african south region. Team musa wins legislative press pool elections liberian. George weah is set to win liberias presidential election runoff, based on provisional results. Mr weahs victory is an important milestone for the nascent democracy.
The new president will replace current president ellen johnson sirleaf, first female president in africa, who will leave office in january 2018. From 2005 to 2018, the cdc whether the founding party or the coalition has claimed every senatorial seat in liberias most populous county. How george weah won liberian presidential election full. Monrovia, liberia for decades, liberia has waited through war and strongmen for a peaceful democratic transfer of power. George weah wins liberia election the new york times. Taylor was swornin as the president of liberia on 3 august and his cabinet was announced in the following weeks.
Dec 28, 2017 monrovia, liberia for decades, liberia has waited through war and strongmen for a peaceful democratic transfer of power. The presidency and all seats in the house of representatives and senate were up for election. Often when i listen to liberian radio stations or when i read the papers on this years liberian presidential election, i observe that some supporters of candidates focus on discussing negatively the opposing candidate or candidates and not talking about their. Failed promises the sirleafboakai unity party won the. Dec 29, 2017 he has been senator for montserrado county in liberia after being elected in 2014. Besides the loss of thousands of lives, basic infrastructures were destroyed and human. Liberias president wins boycotted runoff vote the new york. Liberias 2017 elections represented a critical test for the countrys nascent democracy. Ruling party challenges election results voice of america. Byelections results show diminishing popularity of liberias president. By wynfred russell the 2017 presidential and legislative elections are by all accounts one of the most crowded and anxietyproducing, and the most consequential in liberias 170year history. In response, thomas quiwonkpa led a countercoup with widespread support in the country.
The first round of a general election to elect the president and house of representatives on 10 october 2017, resulted in a runoff between exfootball star george weah and vice president joseph boakai. Mr weah, 51, won the first round, but did not secure the required 50% of the vote for an outright victory. With only about 15,000 registered voters, the incumbent charles d. Many young liberians hoping for political change claimed the election was stolen from weah, who had won the first round but failed to garner the constitutionally required 50 percent plus one. General elections were held in liberia on 11 october 2005, with a runoff election for the presidency held on 8 november. National elections in liberia, fall 2017 final report reliefweb. Legal challenges delayed the vote to replace ellen johnson sirleaf, africas first.
Oct 29, 2017 a runoff election was then scheduled between weah and vice president joseph boakai, who won 28. A second important african election comes in the country of rwanda. President paul kagame recently won a third, sevenyear term. Charles taylor, the originator of the liberian civil war, which began on december 24 1989, won the election by a landslide, taking more than 70 percent of the vote.
Taylors closest competitor, ellen johnson sirleaf, collected only 10 percent of the vote. Legispol ad hoc election chairman saye messah, following the announcement of election results, certificated the candidates. Weah, a former football star and senator from the congress for democratic change party, has won more. Ifes 2011 crystal drive, 10th floor, arlington, va 22202 202. Mr weah, 51, won the first round of the presidential election in october with 38.
Seats won in last house of representatives election. Charles dunbar burgess king 12 march 1875 4 september 1961 was a politician in liberia of americoliberian and freetown creole descent his mother was an americo. George weah won the runoff with more than 60% of the ballots cast. Ruling party candidate wins legislative byelections in liberia.6 659 227 24 1130 872 844 1465 1334 1556 1190 406 56 1363 648 1496 291 1223 1360 1338 793 338 1295 844 359 1334 349 314 1439 320 453 742 677 983 1160