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Soccer star Weah and VP Boakai near Liberia presidential run-off

Soccer star Weah and VP Boakai near Liberia presidential run-off

The election commission is ready to listen to official complaints but the vote-counting will continue, spokesman Henry Boyd Flomo said.

With tallies in from 95.6 percent of polling stations, Weah took 39.0 percent of the votes and Boakai 29.1 percent, both well short of the 50-percent barrier required to win outright from the first round of voting held on Tuesday.

The victor in the run-off ballot will succeed the Nobel Peace Prize victor and Africa's first female head of state Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who led the country's recovery from Ebola and civil war.

The handover would represent Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power in more than seven decades. The remaining votes were spread across a crowded field of 18 other candidates. Charles Brumskine, a lawyer, was a distant third with 9.7 percent.

Boakai said earlier Saturday he was still confident of winning without the need for a second round vote.

This left both candidates well short of the 50% mark required to be declared outright victor, from the first round of voting held on Tuesday.

"We will do anything legally possible to strengthen ourselves".

The vice-president has also had to undertake a delicate balancing act to promote his record in government, while distancing himself from Sirleaf to define his own vision.

The National Election Commission data shared late Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, show Weah ahead in 14 of Liberia's 15 counties while Vice President Joseph Boakai leads in his home county, Lofa. "Our son Weah will be the next president".

Voters cast their ballots Tuesday, marking the West African nation's first smooth transition of power from one democratically elected leadership to another in more than 70 years. He has been a senator for the opposition CDC party since 2014.

Liberia, which was founded by freed U.S. slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power in 73 years.


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