Liberia: Outgoing president George Weah concedes election defeat to Joseph Boakai

Liberia’s outgoing president, George Weah, lost Liberia’s presidential election to opponent Joseph Boakai on Friday, November 15.

The provisional results saw Joseph Boakai emerge winner with slightly over 50% of the votes according to official statistics.

“The results announced tonight, though not final, indicate that… Boakai is in a lead that we cannot surpass,” Weah said in a speech on national radio.

The victory is expected to be better revenge for the 78-year-old Boakai, who lost to Weah, 57, by a large margin in the second-round presidential vote in 2017.

“A few moments ago, I spoke with president elect Joseph Boakai to congratulate him on his victory,” Weah added on national radio.

if this is confirmed it would be the first time that an outgoing president has failed to be re-elected in Liberia.

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