Sun. Jun 9th, 2024

Opposition candidate Joseph Boakai has been formally declared the winner of Liberia’s run-off presidential election.

Incumbent President George Weah had already conceded on Friday night when Mr Boakai had built an unassailable lead. But not all the votes had been counted.

On Monday afternoon, National Elections Commission chairperson Davidetta Browne-Lansanah announced that the president-elect won after securing 50.64% of the total votes cast while President Weah got 49.36%.

Mr Boakai has promised to, in his words, “rescue” the West African nation and make it a country Liberians could be proud of.

He served as vice-president in the government of Nobel peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who handed over to President Weah in 2018.

The 2023 poll was the tightest presidential race since the end of the country’s civil war two decades ago.

By Joy

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