Liberia's elections declared free and fair


People celebrate the victory of ex-football superstar George Weah in Liberia's presidential run-off, on December 28, 2017 in Monrovia.

JOHANNESBURG – Liberia&39;s election run-off has been declared free and fair.

Former soccer star George Weah was the outright winner with 65-percent of the vote.

Weah takes on the presidency after incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s 12-year rule.

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world.

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More than 80 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty and hundreds of thousands of children are not at school.

Weah’s supporters have high hopes for the president-elect to fix the country&39;s problems.

This is the country&39;s first democratic transition in over 70 years.

National Democratic Institute Observer, Atifete Jahjaga said: “The December 26 voting and counting processes were peaceful, well conducted and showed marked improvements as compared to the October 10 polls.”