Liberia will hold a presidential election run-off

Oct 18, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

Provisional results Tuesday put outgoing incumbent George Weah and opponent Joseph Boakai neck and neck in a presidential race in Liberia, requiring a second round.

The national electoral commission reported that Boakai, 78, got 43.70 percent and Weah, 57, a former international footballer running for a second term, won 43.65 percent with more than 94% of ballots counted.

On October 10, the two men led 18 other presidential contenders in the first round of voting in West Africa.

The commission announced on its website that roughly 93% of polling stations have completed ballot counting.

According to the numbers, Weah and Boakai are unlikely to win a majority in the first round.

A run-off is scheduled for two weeks following official results, although appeals could delay it.

ECOWAS and the African Union praised the Liberian government and electoral commission for a peaceful, high-turnout vote.

The vote was the first since the UN completed its peacekeeping operation in Liberia in 2018.

The mission was founded after two civil conflicts between 1989 and 2003 killed over 250,000 people.

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