What George Weah told Liberians after winning presidential election

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Weah, idolised in Liberia as "Mister George", is set to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over in 2006 at the helm of the west African state founded by freed U.S. slaves. The National Elections Commission (NEC) announced on Thursday, December 28, that Weah had won with a 61.5 percent share of the vote, against Vice President Joseph Boakai's 38.5 percent, the site reported.

"The Liberian people clearly made their choice. and all together we are very confident in the result of the electoral process", tweeted Mr Weah. But Weah wasted no time in acknowledging his win.

While with AC Milan, Weah in 1995 won World Player of the Year.

Chelsea icon Didier Drogba has already sent Weah a congratulatory message.

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In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said, "I congratulate Senator George Weah on this hard-won victory".

Earlier, Mr Boakai, a 72-year-old public servant of four decades standing, said it was too early to crow victory. "Although we worked so assiduously for a different outcome than what the results show, my faith, values and principles dictate that I respect the will of our people as announced by the NEC".

All counties except Lofa, Margibi, Nimba, and Sinoe had reported 100 percent with Weah leading in 14 counties, except Lofa, where Boakai hails from.

Africa's first female president, Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is stepping aside after two terms at the head of the nation founded by freed American slaves.

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Sirleaf's predecessor Charles Taylor fled the country in 2003, hoping to avoid prosecution for funding rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone. He was arrested in 2006.

AC Milan offered their congratulations "to the Red and Black legend" who starred for the club over four seasons, picking up two Seria A titles in 1996 and 1999. She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak that killed almost 5,000 Liberians but was criticized for not tackling corruption better.

During his concession speech VP Boakai called on his supporters and well-wishers of the Unity Party to support peace collectively join hands to build Liberia, heal wounds and serve the people with honesty, as well as a renewed dedication and commitment.

The election passed without a single major incident of violence despite weeks of delays caused by legal challenges and Liberians said they were looking forward to a peaceful handover after 12 years under Sirleaf.

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Founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847, Liberia is Africa's oldest modern republic.

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