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Liberia’s President George Weah Concedes Defeat

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Liberia’s President George Weah Concedes Defeat

Boakai’s supporters celebrated in the capital, Monrovia, dancing, shouting

Monrovia, Liberia– Liberian President George Weah has conceded defeat on Friday to opposition leader Joseph Boakai after a closely contested election. Boakai, the 78-year-old former vice president, secured victory with 50.9% of the vote, overshadowing Weah’s 49.1%.

Contrast to 2017 when Weah, the global soccer legend, clinched victory with 62% of the vote.

Weah’s presidency, marred by graft allegations, comes to an end, offering hope for a smoother transition of power in Liberia. Despite initial optimism in 2017, disillusionment grew among the populace due to persistent issues like poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, and unreliable electricity supply.

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The election witnessed a tumultuous campaign period, resulting in several deaths and incidents between rounds, sparking concerns about potential post-election unrest. The significance of this election is heightened as it occurs 20 years after the end of Liberia’s devastating civil wars, which claimed over 250,000 lives between 1989 and 2003.

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Notably, this election is the first in two decades without the presence of the United Nations mission, which departed in 2018 after ensuring post-war peace. Weah’s concession stands out in a region grappling with political instability, showcasing a commitment to democratic principles.

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The event is historic for liberia , marking its second democratic transfer of power in over seven decades.

Boakai’s supporters celebrated in the capital, Monrovia, dancing, shouting, and honking car horns in the rain, reflecting the nation’s aspirations for a new chapter after a challenging period in its history.

Buhari Olanrewaju Ahmed, a seasoned investigative journalist and climate/environmental reporter with a decade of experience, unravels complex issues and amplifies critical voices. His in-depth investigative work and insightful reporting have earned him recognition as a trusted source of information. Ahmed's unwavering commitment to journalism and exceptional storytelling prowess make him a standout figure in investigative journalism. His work drives meaningful conversations, influences policy decisions, and inspires collective efforts toward a sustainable future.

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