Joseph Boakai has been elected as the new President of Liberia.
Boakai, who is the candidate of Opposition Unity Party, beat incumbent President George Weah in a run-off election conducted on Tuesday.
Boakai and Weah had run neck-and-neck in the first round of voting in October but none of them were able to secure the 50% needed for an outright victory, leading to Tuesday’s run-off.
According to reports, Weah in that vote got the largest share and was just and was just 7,000 votes ahead of Boakai.
Liberia’s election commission said in Monrovia on Friday that Boakai, 78, a former vice president who lost to Weah in the 2017 election, led with 50.9% of the vote over Weah’s 49.1%, with nearly all the votes counted
Already, President Weah on Friday night, called Boakai to concede and urged supporters to accept the result.
Weah was quoted as saying, “A few moments ago, I spoke with president-elect Joseph Boakai to congratulate him on his victory. I urge you to follow my example and accept the results of the elections.”
In 2017, Weah, a soccer legend Weah, had beaten Boakai with 62 percent of the vote to emerge president.