Former World Best Footballer, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election

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Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has congratulated his former player George Weah, on his election as the new President of Liberia.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, addresses the 2008 United Methodist General Conference on April 29 in Fort Worth, Texas.

There are 986 aspirants for the 73 seats in the House of representatives. In 2005 George Wea again ran for president, but then remained second in the vote, after Surley.

The victor of the Ballon d'Or Award for Best European Player in 1995 - George Weah, was elected President of Liberia. 2,183,683 people registered to vote and the elections body reports of a high turnout.

"This is an important step toward achieving Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected head of state to another in decades".

Global observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties. A runoff election, if needed, would come two weeks after that announcement.

Sirleaf has been the President of Liberia since 2006 following 14 years of a deadly civil war during the reign of the now incarcerated former President Charles Taylor, who was ousted by rebels in 2003.

The election turnout was impressive, especially among younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh of the USA -funded National Democratic Institute, which was monitoring the elections.