Soccer legend George Weah will be elected as the president of Liberia after dominating Tuesday’s polls in his home town.
Ex-Chelsea footballer Weah has won 61.5% of the vote with 98.1% of polls checked significance he is set to be chosen as the following president of the west African country.
Chairman of Liberia’s election commission Jerome Korkoyah reported in the news on Thursday evening, affirming Weah’s triumphant in the landslide.
Weah’s closest rival is 73-year-old Joseph Boakai, who has claimed only a 38.5% offer of the vote.
He will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was the nation’s first female leader, in Liberia’s first democratic handover of power in 73 years.
Weah had topped the first round of voting in October with 38.4% of ballots however didn’t deal with the 50% to stay away from a run-off race.
Tuesday’s vote occurred following an extensive legitimate challenge from Boakai yet Weah is currently set to be chosen as president.
He had tweeted on Wednesday saying: ‘The general population of Liberia clarified his decision and together, we are certain about the result outcome of the electoral progress.’
Weah entered politics following his retirement from football in 2002 after a career which saw him play for Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.
He was the first and only African footballer to win FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or, claiming both honours in 1995.
Weah played 60 times for his country at international level, scoring 22 goals, though he never managed to lead Liberia to a World Cup finals.
The forward began his career in Africa, playing for sides in Liberia, Ivory Coast and Cameroon before joining Monaco under the management of Arsene Wenger.
He then moved to PSG in 1992 where he played for three seasons, winning Ligue 1 in 1994, before joining Italian giants AC Milan.
Weah twice won Serie A with Milan and spent time on loan in England with Chelsea. He later joined Manchester City before finishing his career in France with Marseille.