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Liberia’s Run-off Presidential Election to Hold After Christmas Day

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Former soccer star George Weah faces Vice-President Joseph Boakai as Liberia holds a delayed presidential run-off vote on Dec. 26, the electoral commission chief Jerome Korkoya, says.
The poll was held up for several weeks by a court challenge by Charles Brumskine, who came third in round one.
The winner replaces Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as president in what will be, if it goes smoothly, Liberia’s first peaceful handover of power in 70 years.
The Supreme Court on Dec. 7, dismissed a complaint from third-place finisher Brumskine’s Liberty Party, which had said fraud had undermined the first round in October.

Liberia's Run-off Presidential Election

Liberia’s Run-off Presidential Election

Electoral Commission Chairman Korkoya said campaigning could start immediately but must end by December 24.
Liberians are eager for change after Nobel Peace Prize winning Johnson-Sirleaf’s 12-year rule, which sealed a lasting peace in a country that for decades had only known war, but which has failed to tackle corruption or much improve the lot of the poorest.
-Reuters/NAN

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