Liberia Election: George Weah In Final Showdown With Joseph Boakai
It’s Tuesday December 26, 2017, and while many see it as Boxing Day, Liberians see it as the day of decision, hopefully a final one.
Initially scheduled for November 7, the presidential run-off was delayed after the party of a third candidate filed a legal complaint alleging voter fraud and irregularities. But Liberia's Supreme Court ultimately cleared the way for the vote to take place on Tuesday.
The delayed vote pits football legend and senator George Weah, 51, against 73-year-old Joseph Boakai, who has served as the vice president under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the past 12 years.
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Weah had come first in the first-round election held on October 10 getting 38.8 percent of the votes, while Boakai secured 28.8 percent, but neither secured the 50 percent needed to be declared the outright winner.
Top on Weah’s agenda is to lower poverty levels by creating jobs in both infrastructure and agriculture.
He is using his popularity as a sports icon to garner votes with Liberian youth, a large demographic. Roughly 60 percent of Liberia's population is under 30.
For the opposition, it is looking at creating 50,000 jobs in the first 150 days in office.
"When you have roads, all other things can happen," Boakai added.
If the run-off goes smoothly and results are accepted by both parties, it will be the first peaceful transition of power in Liberia in more than 70 years.
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