Retired legendary footballer, George Weah has won the elections in Liberia to become that country’s 25th president.
The senator of Montserrado County – once named FIFA World Player and winner of the much coveted Ballon d’Or – defeated his 73-year-old opponent, Vice President Joseph Boakai in a landslide victory in results announced in Liberia on Wednesday morning.
“I am deeply grateful to my family, my friends, and my loyal supporters who contributed to our campaign during this extremely long election season,” Weah said on Twitter before the results were announced.
Weah is set to replace Africa’s first female Head of State, Economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and see the West African nation, founded by freed American slaves, hand over power from one democratically elected government to another.
George Weah had contested against Johnson in the first democratic elections after the traumatic Liberian civil war that led to the ouster of despot, Samuel Doe.
The significant attainment is a strong attestation to Weah’s tenacity in holding on to his belief regarding the need for a fresh and young leadership in his West African country. He is set to be celebrated by all following his documented humanitarian and philanthropic activities while he was the best footballer on the continent.
For those who are close to him, Weah had been described in the past as ‘an unusual African who is willing to spend his last Dollar’ for the betterment another person.
Congratulations are well in order!