Liberia's next president is former soccer star George Weah

George Weah.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Having received 61.5 percent of the vote, former soccer star George Weah is the winner of Liberia's presidential run-off election.

Weah, who grew up in a slum in Monrovia, will be sworn in next month. He was up against Vice President Joseph Boakai, and will succeed incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Weah first ran for president in 2005, winning the first round but losing in the second to Johnson Sirleaf. This time, his running mate was a surprising choice: Jewel Howard-Taylor, whose ex-husband is former Liberian President Charles Taylor, now serving time in prison for war crimes in Sierra Leone.

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