Liberia heads to the polls in high-stakes presidential race

Former Ballon d'Or winner, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'

George Weah, 1995 FIFA's Player of the year and Ballon d'Or victor, is awaiting the official result of the Liberian presidential elections as he vies to replace the current head of state Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Other top presidential candidates include longtime opposition figure Charles Brumskine who heads the Liberty Party (LP) as well as former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings.

Earlier on Thursday, observers from the Economic Community of West African States urged the electoral commission to speed up the release of provisional results to "prevent further anxiety", according to a statement read to reporters. The former Fifa World Footballer of the Year has long turned a politician with aspiration to be Liberia's President.

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"I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia, George Weah", said Wenger in a press conference. As many as 986 contestants vied for 73 seats in the House of Representatives.

"The future of the country is in your hands, no one is entitled to your vote, not because of party, ethnicity, religion or tribal affiliation", Sirleaf, a co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, said in a speech on Monday. The NEC hasn't yet declared how numerous 2.2 million registered voters took part in the polls.

There were 20 candidates in the election and one person needs to receive more than 50% of the votes in order to be declared the victor. If there is a runoff election it will come two weeks after that announcement. She led the country's recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided this West African country through the Ebola crisis that killed almost 5 000 people. People everywhere tell him they want to see change.

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