Reports say former AC Milan, Manchester City and Chelsea striker George Weah has been elected president of Liberia.
Weah – the first African to win the Ballon D’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year – won comprehensively, clinching 12 of the 15 counties in the West African country.
His opponent Joseph Boakai, who has been vice-president for the last 12 years, only had two counties vote for him.
The jubilant Weah took to Twitter to confirm the victory.
The former Chelsea man is not known for his political nous but his clout as a footballing icon garners him significant support amongst the youth of Liberia, where 60 percent of the population is under the age of 30.
Weah topped the first round of voting in October but didn’t secure the 50 percent needed to win outright. The run-off was delayed twice after allegations of voting fraud and irregularities but Weah’s popularity won out in the end.
He will take over from Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who beat Weah in an election back in 2005.
Weah’s lack of education was seen as the main reason for his loss.
Meanwhile, reports also say South Africa President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the former FIFA World Football Player of the Year on his victory in the Liberian presidential run-off held on Tuesday.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, President Zuma praised the country for conducting the presidential run-off in a peaceful manner, saying that it signified another positive step towards deepening democracy in Africa.
-Daily Mirror, EWN