Thousands of supporters of newly elected Liberian President George Weah waited all day outside his Monrovia’s Party headquarters on Friday to get a glimpse of their chosen leader.

When the National Elections Chairman Jerome Kokoyah declared he had won the presidential ticket with his running mate, Jewel Howard Taylor, the crowd erupted in a loud cheer.

He was expected to address them after the announcement. But a technical problem with the microphone meant he postponed the hugely anticipated moment to the next day.

The White House earlier on Friday congratulated Liberia on the election calling the nation’s first democratic transition in more than 70 years “a major milestone.”

But now that George Weah has emphatically won the presidency, an even more daunting task awaits, delivering tangible benefits to expectant supporters in the face of a gutted economy and waning donor support

The candidate of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) George Weah has taken the lead in Liberia’s presidential run-off election, the country’s electoral body said Thursday.

In its first briefing since polls closed, the electoral Commission announced, Weah had won 65% of the vote in 11 out of 15 counties with vice president Joseph Boakai garnering 38%.

Observers from the National Democratic Institute (NDI) said, unlike during previous polls in Liberia there was no election related violence or major incident that resulted in loss of life.

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