How George Weah won the elections in Liberia and became the first former soccer player to preside over a country

The only African winner of the Ballon d’Or tittle beat the current vice president of his nation with promises based on free education from the first levels and the creation of employment.


The only African winner of a Ballon d’Or, the former footballer George Weah , will be the president of  Liberia , with 98 percent of the votes counted in the second round of the elections held on Tuesday.

According to the provisional results announced yesterday by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of the country, Weah, of the Congress for Democratic Change (CCD), obtained 61.5% of the votes against 38.7% of the current vice president of the country, Joseph Boakai , of the Unity Party (UP).
In the first round of the presidential elections, held on October 10, the former footballer George Weah (Congress for Democratic Change, CCD) had won the elections with 38.4% of the votes (with a majority in 11 of the 15 counties), while current Vice President Joseph Boakai (Unity Party UP) came in second with 28.8% of the vote.

Weah will replace the current president of  Liberia , the first and only woman to preside over an African nation and Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in charge since 2005.

The former footballer must reissue in politics the successes of his football life, in which, especially in the 90s and with teams like Monaco or  Paris Saint-Germain in France and Milan in Italy , he became an idol for the Liberians, for whose selection he scored 22 goals in 60 games. It was in 1995 when he won the Ballon d’Or , being the only African to win the prize for best player on the planet.


Accompanied by his vice president, the former first lady Jewel Taylor, has promised throughout his campaign  free education from kindergarten to the institute and accelerate the creation of employment. The main task of the next president will be to  maintain peace in a country that has suffered two civil wars (1989-1996 and 1999-2003)  that cost the lives of more than 150,000 people and caused hundreds of thousands of displaced people and refugees.


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