In a fiercely contested election in Liberia, George Weah, the former football star who is now 57 years old, is standing for reelection as president.
Before voting began at 8:00 a.m. local Liberian time on Tuesday, hundreds of people had already assembled at polling places in the nation’s capital, Monrovia. The West African nation will hold peaceful presidential and legislative elections, according to the country’s major political parties.
Joseph Boakai, a former vice president who is now 78, is George Weah’s biggest rival in this election. With the slogan “Rescue,” Mr. Boakai is making the case that Mr. Weah’s first six years in government saw a downturn in Liberia. Highlighting his efforts to keep Liberia stable and advance the country’s education system, Mr Weah is optimistic about victory in the election.
After a successful career playing international football, Weah entered politics. He was the only African to get the sport’s most coveted individual award and spent time at prominent clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, and Chelsea.
Young voters who were born in Liberia during times of peace are voting for a president for the first time in this election. A horrific civil war that lasted for 20 years in Liberia is believed to have killed 250,000 people between 1989 and 2003.
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Additionally, this is the first election since the UN’s peacekeeping operation in Liberia was terminated in 2018.