Liberia Election: CAF Congratulates George Weah
Congratulatory messages are already pouring in for the new Liberia President-elect, George Weah.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) are among the earliest from the global football family to send congratulatory message to Weah even before the official result of the re-run was announced on Wednesday.
With the backlash that followed the hasty tweet by CAF, the continent's football governing body has since deleted the message but it was captured by Bounce Sports.
Weah had indeed reaped the most votes in the first round of voting but he nonetheless failed to meet the required amount to secure election.
The former AC Milan and PSG star was never in doubt that he would win this time after previous disappointments.
"“You know, I’ve been in competitions – tough ones, too – and I came out victorious. So, I know Boakai cannot defeat me. I have the people on my side,” he said to cheering supporters when he rounded off campaign for the polls.
Weah ran for vice-president in 2011 and went on to easily win a seat at the senate in 2014 – beating the son of President Sirleaf, Robert, by clinching 78 per cent of the votes in Montserrado County, which holds the country’s capital, Monrovia.
The 1995 Fifa Ballon d’Or winner and African Player of the Year defeated 73-year-old Joseph Boakai to become the country’s 25th president.
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