President Nana Akufo-Addo has congratulated George Weah, a former international footballer, for winning Liberia’s presidential election run-off.
Mr Weah pulled in 61.5 per cent of votes to defeat Vice President Joseph Boakai, the election commission said.
He will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was Africa’s first elected female president, next month.
It will be Liberia’s first democratic transition since 1944.
In a Facebook post, President Akufo-Addo said “Warm congratulations to George Oppong Weah on his decisive victory in Liberia’s peaceful presidential run-off, thus becoming the next President of the Republic Liberia. Vice President Boakai is also to be commended for the maturity of his campaign. This election has strengthened the frontiers of democracy in Liberia, and it is our hope that it will lead to the improvement of the living standards of Liberians. Best wishes for the success of President-elect George Weah, and Vice President-elect, Jewel Taylor”.