George Weah elected Liberian president

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

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.

Weah is set to replace Africa's first female head of state, economist and Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and see the West African nation, founded by freed American slaves, hand over power from one democratically elected government to another.

As news of Mr Weah's victory emerged on Thursday, his supporters began celebrating in the capital Monrovia.

The four Liberian presidents before the incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf either died in office or were forced into exile.

Weah, who was named world footballer of the year in 1995, was runner-up to Johnson Sirleaf in the 2005 election.

Weah made his name at Paris Saint-Germain in the early 1990s, but it was at AC Milan - at a time when Serie A was the strongest league in the world - that he really shone.

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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's opponent, vice-president, Joseph Boakai is said to have secured just 38.5 per cent of the vote in what will be Liberia's first democratic transition since 1944.

Liberia is Africa's oldest modern republic and was founded by freed United States slaves in 1847.

The election commission said voter turnout was 56 percent - lower than the October 10 election in which Boakai and Weah were the top vote-getters, qualifying them for the runoff election.

Weah who was the senator of Montserrado County was once named FIFA World Player and victor of the much-coveted Ballon d'Or.

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