Atiku, Secondus react to victory — George Weah

Liberian President elect George Weah has told the people of the country that “change is on.”

Liberian President elect George Weah has told the people of the country that “change is on.”

The Professional Football Association of Ghana (PFAG) have congratulated former FIFA Balon'dor victor George Oppong Weah for his latest election as President of Liberia.

Buhari in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina commended the Liberian people on the peaceful conduct of the presidential run-off election.

He has drawn some criticism for picking Jewel Howard-Taylor, the powerful ex-wife of former warlord and president Charles Taylor, as his vice-president.

Weah had fought for the country's presidency and vice presidency in two previous elections, in 2005 and 2011, but lost to Sirleaf on both occasions.

George Weah will take over from Ellen Johnson, who ruled for 12 years.

Sirleaf, he said, deserves special commendation for the statesmanship she has shown in ensuring free and fair elections that will pave the way for a peaceful transfer of political power from one democratically elected leader to another for the first time in 73 years.

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"Wishing President-elect Weah and Liberians a peaceful transition, he reassures them of Nigeria's determination to sustain the current cordial relationship with Liberia", Buhari said.

In his first public comments since his rival conceded Friday, Weah tweeted in French in response to congratulations from French President Emmanuel Macron. "All we are asking is for all Liberians to come together so we can build our country". He played for top local clubs before starting his worldwide career in Cameroon, then moved on to AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, where he became famous.

Addressing supporters in Monrovia, Boakai promised to provide support to Weah, but he also reminded him of Liberia's fragile economy and the challenges that lie ahead. He played for AC Milan, Paris St Germain and Chelsea.

With more than 98 percent of votes counted late Thursday, Weah had received 61.5 percent of ballots while Boakai received 38.5 percent.

In a nationwide broadcast from his party's headquarters in Monrovia on Friday, Mr. Boakai who was flanked by his supporters and party leaders, said he had already called Mr. Weah to congratulate him.

The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics after his 2002 retirement, led the first-round election in October but didn't receive enough votes to win outright.

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