With 98 percent of the votes counted, Liberia's National Elections Commission announces these unofficial results show Senator George Weah, a former Pro footballer, defeating vice president Joseph Boakai, 61.5 to 38.5 percent, in the runoff of October's presidential election, to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female Liberian president.
Mr. Weah, a former soccer player making his third run for the presidency, was well ahead at the polls, election officials said.
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- Voters in Liberia will elect a new president in a run-off election between vice-president Joseph Boakai and former footballer George Weah. Weah is elected with 60% of the vote.
- George Weah takes office as President of Liberia, and Jewel Taylor as Vice President. It is the first peaceful transition between two Liberian presidents in 74 years.
- Voters in Liberia go to the polls to elect members to the country's House of Representatives and to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term.
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