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Liberia: George Weah takes early lead in Liberia’s elections

Partial results from Liberia's presidential election show former football star George Weah has taken an early lead.

Figures from the National Elections Commission (NEC) put Mr Weah ahead in 11 out of 15 counties, although most votes have yet to be counted.

His main rival, incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai, leads in one county and is second in most others.

A candidate needs more than 50% of the votes for outright victory.If no-one achieves that, a second round will be held in November.

The results were released by Jerome Korkoya, Chairman of the National Elections Commission, NEC, at the commission’s headquarters in Monrovia.

The results of 1,232 polling units or 22.9 per cent of the total 5,390 polling units across the country were announced.

Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change, CDC, led other candidates in 11 out of the 15 counties that constitute Liberia in the results released so far.

He won in Bomi county with 3,763 votes, while Vice President Joseph Boakai got 2807 votes. In Bong, Weah got 28,233 votes, while Boakai got 24,367.

Weah also beat Boakai in Grand Bassa with 6950 votes. Boakai got 1786.

The county was won by Charles Walker Brumskine, the opposition leader and candidate of Liberty Party with 10,350 votes. He also won Rivercess county with 2970 votes. Weah came second here with 2873, while Boakai got 1089.

At Grand Cape Mount, Weah beat rival Boakai, with 2,663 votes to 2,152. Grand Gedeh also cast their lot with the ex-footballer, giving him 4462 votes to Boakai’s 704. A similar result emerged in Grand Kru, where Weah polled 3983 to Boakai’s 742 votes.

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