BREAKING: Former Ballon d’Or winner George Weah wins Liberia's presidential election - Election commission

Former football star George Weah won Liberia's presidential run-off with a projected 61.5 per cent of the vote, the country's election commission said Thursday.

Weah handily beat Vice President Joseph Boakai, who secured 38.5 per cent, the National Election Commission (NEC) said, with 98.1 per cent of votes counted. 

The announcement by commission chairman Jerome Korkoyah means Weah will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia's president next month, in what will be the country's first democratic transition since 1944.

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