Joseph Boakai declared winner of Liberia presidential election after completing ballot count
- Incumbent George Weah had conceded defeat on Friday but the electoral commission said it had received two appeals from Weah’s party
- Boakai won with 50.64 per cent of the vote, against 49.36 per cent of the vote for former international football star Weah
Political veteran Joseph Boakai was on Monday declared winner of Liberia’s presidential election, beating incumbent George Weah, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) said after completing the ballot count.
Boakai won with 50.64 per cent of the vote, against 49.36 per cent of the vote for former international football star Weah, Davidetta Browne Lansanah, president of the commission, told reporters.
Boakai won with only a 20,567-vote margin.
Weah, however, already conceded defeat on Friday evening, based on the results of more than 99.98 percent of the polling stations.
However, the commission head said that on Friday it had received two appeals from Weah’s party concerning the conduct of the election in Nimba County.
The commission has 30 days to investigate and reach a decision, she said.
US President Joe Biden congratulated Boakai on Monday.
“I congratulate Joseph Boakai on his election to be the next president of Liberia,” Biden said in a statement. “I also want to commend President Weah for respecting the will of the people, and putting patriotism above politics,” Biden said.