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Wins and Losses for Outgoing Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

13 October 2017

The former AC Milan striker was indeed one of 20 presidential candidates in his home country having turned his hand to politics in recent years.

Famous former footballer George Weah elected President of his country.

The episode prompted officials from Mr. Weah's party and the party of Alexander Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive, to lodge complaints with the elections commission. That year, he reached the run-off but lost to the current president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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984 candidates are contesting for the 73 seats at stake in the national assembly.

The former AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille striker needs to achieve at least 50 percent of the votes to be declared the victor.

Liberia with an estimated population of 4.5 million has 2.18 million registered voters for the elections which were held in 2,080 polling centres nationwide. In one case, hundreds of people with registration cards spent the day demanding to vote in Bong County after poll workers there said their names were not on voter rolls.

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Global observers in the West African nation said the vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties. She led the country's recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided this West African country through the Ebola crisis that killed almost 5 000 people.

The election in the West African nation could see Liberia transfer power from one elected president to another for the first time in more than half a century. If there is a runoff election it will come two weeks after that announcement.

"All of these people are saying they want change and improvement, and that explains why nearly all of the candidates are presenting themselves as candidates for change", Fomunyoh said.

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Wins and Losses for Outgoing Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf