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Presidential polls: George Weah leads in Liberia

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Presidential polls: George Weah leads in Liberia

Vote counting continues across Liberia following presidential elections that are almost certain to go to a runoff with 20 candidates contesting. Former World footballer of the Year, George Weah, is however in early lead.

The state-run Liberia Broadcasting System reports Wednesday there likely will be a runoff based on preliminary figures seen by its correspondents.

Unofficial early results announced by the station favoured the ex-soccer star Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change and Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party. International observers say Tuesday’s vote went smoothly despite late voting starts in some counties.

The new president will replace Africa’s first female democratically elected leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after two sixyear terms.

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