Second time lucky: Ex-footballer, George Weah wins senate seat in Liberia

by Mark Bassey

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After losing to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the 2005 presidential election, erstwhile world footballer of the year, George Weah has defeated her son in the senatorial elections of Liberia.

George Weah won by a landslide to earn 78% of the votes for Montserrado county seat.

He beat Robert Sirleaf, who took nearly 11%, in the election which was pushed forward from October as a result of the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.

The other winners in the senate elections include Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of the jailed former president, Charles Taylor, and the former rebel leader, Prince Johnson, who both retained their seats.

According to the National Elections Commission chairman, Jerome Korkoya, the conclusion of the vote was “the end of a crucial journey.”

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