February 1, 2023

(Here’s an update on the Liberian elections, as promised. Seems to have gone pretty smoothly. No big surprises in the results – footballer Weah leads economist Johnson-Sirleaf, as expected. 74% of registered voters turned out!)
liberian election ballots
Liberians will vote again in a second round of presidential elections after last week’s ballot proved inconclusive, the country’s election commission said.
Former soccer star George Weah has won almost 29% of the vote, with ballots from 90% of polling stations counted.
However, this will be short of the 51% he needed for an outright win.
Mr Weah is now set to face nearest rival Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in November to decide who becomes Liberia’s first elected head since the civil war ended.
Ms Johnson-Sirleaf, a former finance minister and veteran opposition politician, has secured nearly 20% of the votes counted so far – a fair way ahead of the third-placed candidate Charles Brumskine.
BBC NEWS | Africa | Liberia vote goes to second round

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