Newly elected Liberian President Weah meets supporters

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Thousands of supporters of newly elected President George Weah waited all day outside his Monrovia’s Party headquarters on Friday (December 29) 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. However 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.