President Weah Dialogues with Contender, Boakai on National Issues

The President of Liberia, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, welcomed former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at his Foreign Affairs Office. The two statesmen used the occasion to discuss a wide range of national issues relative to maintaining peace and stability.

President Weah and the former Vice President also discussed national development and the prevailing economic situation in the country.

The Liberian President updated Ambassador Boakai on the progress his government is making to transform the lives of the Liberian people, make the country attractive to foreign direct investment and to protect the tenets of democracy.

President Weah said he would continue to ensure that regular dialogue and consultation with every Liberian irrespective of political and ethnic affiliations would be the hallmark of his administration towards moving the country forward in peace, harmony, and stability.

Ambassador Boakai lauded President Weah for the warm reception accorded him and for the president’s unwavering tolerance and open leadership ability.

He assured President Weah of his willingness to contribute to the nation-building process in whatever way possible.

What Transpired; Lead to the Liberia Elections – Reuters

The former soccer star George Weah defeated Vice President Joseph Boakai to win Liberia’s presidential run-off election with 61.5% of the vote based on 98.1% of ballots cast, the election commission issued.

Weah succeeded incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf next in what will be Liberia’s first democratic transition since 1944.

Weah’s supporters dominated the streets of the capital, Monrovia and blew car horns to celebrate the victory.

Weah grew up in Clara Town slum in Monrovia and went on to star for AC Milan, Paris St Germain and Chelsea and become the only African to win FIFA World Player of the Year.

His rise to riches story helped him tap into dissatisfaction with Johnson Sirleaf’s 12-year tenure, which drew a line under years of civil war but was criticized for failing to root out elite corruption and abject poverty.

Turnout for the second round stood at 56%, National Election Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome Korkoyah told reporters in Monrovia.

Liberia is Africa’s oldest modern republic and was founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847. 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 U.S.-based Carter Center said there were “notable improvements” in the handling of the vote from the first round in October, 2017 echoing positive assessments from other international observers.

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