George Weah, former football player and presidential candidate of Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), arrives at his party's headquarters in Monrovia, Liberia December 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon)
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Liberia Thursday was set to learn the results of a landmark presidential poll pitting former football star George Weah against Vice President Joseph Boakai in the first democratic transfer of power after decades and two devastating civil wars."The Liberian people clearly made their choice ... and all together we are very confident in the result of the electoral process," tweeted Weah.He topped the first round of voting in October with 38.4 percent of ballots but failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a run-off. Weah is the only African ever to have won FIFA's World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon D'Or. The tumultuous events of the past seven decades in Liberia, where an estimated 250,000 people died during back-to-back civil wars between 1989-2003, have prevented a democratic handover from taking place since 1944 .
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