Liberia: King Mohammed VI Congratulates President-Elect George Weah

By on January 3, 2018

King Mohammed VI of Morocco called President-Elect George Weah, a former international football star, who won Liberia’s presidential election after defeating Vice-president Joseph Boakai in a runoff.

Weah, 51, is due to be sworn-in on January 22, taking over from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female elected head of state in Africa, in 2005.

The ex-footballer topped the first round of voting in October with 38.4 pc but failed to win the 50 pc necessary to avoid a runoff. His rival Boakai came second with 28.8 pc.

He grew up in Clara Town, a poor suburb of Monrovia, and played football across the river in West Point, Liberia’s biggest informal settlement, where he still has a large fan base.
An estimated 250,000 people died during two civil wars between 1989-2003 and, more recently, Liberia suffered a devastating Ebola outbreak.

King Mohammed VI offered his “warmest congratulations” to George Weah for his victory, said a statement released by the royal office.

The Liberian-Elect president expressed “his strong determination to strengthen the multidimensional relations” existing between the two African countries, added the statement.

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