George Weah claims he is set to win Liberia's presidential election

Liberian presidential election: George Weah's running mate was Charles Taylor's wife

Former football ace George Weah has won that race to replace Africa's first elected woman President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Weah supporters paraded through the streets of the capital Monrovia and honked auto horns to celebrate the news.

He was unofficially reported to have defeated his 73-year-old opponent Vice President Joseph Boakai in a landslide victory in Liberia on Wednesday morning.

With 98.1 per cent of ballots counted, Weah had secured 61.5 per cent of the vote, according to statistics from the National Elections Commission.

Though voter turnout for Tuesday's runoff was low, Weah drew support from the younger generation, which makes up a majority of Liberia's population of 4.6 million people.

Liberia went to second round of voting after none of the 20 presidential candidates in the November election garnered the required 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast.

The victor will replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after two terms.

He positioned himself an outsider who will deliver jobs and help the country's young people.

Current Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signed him for Monaco in 1988, and in a recent interview Weah said he would not have enjoyed such success were it not for the Frenchman.

Weah is the only African footballer to have won FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon D'Or, both of which he was awarded in 1995.

Almost 2.2 million voters are choosing between the 51-year-old Mr Weah and 73-year-old Joseph Boakai, the current vice president.

Its last democratic transfer of power occurred in 1944 and was followed by a military coup in 1980 and a 14-year civil war that ended only in 2003.

The former AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain striker won the first round in October, winning 38.4 per cent of the vote, compared with the 28.8 per cent Boakai achieved.



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