Friday 19 January 2018
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Former international footballer George Weah and Liberia's Vice President Joseph Boakai will face a runoff for the country's presidency on November 7, the electoral commission announced on Sunday. With tallies in from 95.6 percent of polling stations, Weah took 39.0 percent of the votes and Boakai 29.1 percent, both well short of the 50-percent barrier required to win outright from the first round of voting held on Tuesday. Whoever wins the second round of voting will replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female head of state, who is stepping down after a maximum of two terms. National Elections Commission chairman Jerome Korkoya told journalists that 1,550,923 votes...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
President Ellen Sirleaf's vice president since 2005, Joseph Boakai has campaigned as a natural transition candidate after helping to ensure peace has prevailed in Liberia since back-to-back civil wars. Boakai will face former footballer George Weah in a runoff for the presidency on November 7, and is trailing the former footballer in the majority of the country. Boakai presents himself as an everyman who transcended his humble beginnings, and has attempted to craft a more energetic image after earning the unfortunate title of "Sleepy Joe" for his propensity to fall asleep at public events. Boakai, 72, has also had to undertake a delicate balancing act to promote his record in government while distancing himself from Sirleaf to define his own...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
George Weah, 51, emerged from Liberia's slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has leveraged his status as a revered figure among young people in his second run for the presidency. Now Weah has a confirmed place in the runoff round against incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai on November 7, the result of 12 years spent seeking to build political credibility to match his huge popularity. The first African player to win both FIFA's World Player of the Year trophy and the Ballon d'Or, Weah was largely absent from Liberia during the 1989-2003 civil war period, playing for a string of top-flight European teams including PSG and AC Milan. After running unsuccessfully for the presidency in 2005, when...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Former soccer star George Weah was set to win the first round of a presidential election in Liberia after the elections commission said on Sunday he was leading with 39 percent of votes and less than 5 percent of precincts still to be counted. He will face Vice President Joseph Boakai, who was in second place with 29.1 percent, in a second round poll next month. Boakai was more than 280,000 votes ahead of the third placed candidate, lawyer Charles Brumskine, on 9.8 percent. The final certified results from Tuesday’s poll must be announced by Oct. 25. But with more than 1.5 million votes counted so far and 95.6 percent of polling stations having reported, it was...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive the 2017 World Food Prize on Thursday October 19, announced a press release issued by the AfDB on October 16, which also said “the prize is to agriculture what the Nobel Prize is to peace, science and literature.” The World...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/17)
Former football star George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai on Saturday edged closer to competing in a run-off vote for Liberia's presidency, with three quarters of polling stations counted. Weah now commands 39.2 percent of votes cast and counted while Boakai has taken 29.6 percent, the chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Joseph Korkoya told journalists in Monrovia. If no single candidate gains more than 50 percent of the vote, a run-off will be scheduled in November between the top two contenders, according to Liberian law. Whoever wins the vote will take over power from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has served a maximum two terms and is stepping down after 12 years. Although Weah strengthened his lead...
(APA 10/13/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - Provisional results announced by the Liberian National Elections Commission (NEC) suggest that retired footballer George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is leading after polling 44.4 percent of the votes ahead of his main rival of the ruling Unity Party (UP) Vice President Joseph N. Boakai who collected 33.1 percent. Making the announcement at the headquarters of the NEC headquarters late on Thursday, the Chairman of NEC, Mr. Jerome Korkoya, said that the results received from the 15 counties of the country, constituted about 30 percent of the total results. According to Korkoya, the results reflect those of the first top three presidential candidates starting from Bomi County where 32 of the 158 polling centers...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Liberian presidential candidates George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai dominated partial tallies released by the country's electoral commission on Thursday, but the results showed the vast majority of votes are yet to be counted. Political parties have expressed concern over polling-day hitches on Tuesday that have caused significant delays to the results, with one party calling for a halt to the ballot counting. Weah and Boakai are expected to top the first round of voting, according to analysts, though former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings is considered to have eaten into their support...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Liberia on Thursday awaited the delayed announcement of the outcome of presidential elections as international observers called for the results to be released promptly to avoid stoking tension. Political parties have expressed concern over polling-day hitches on Tuesday, with one calling for a halt to the ballot count. Footballing superstar George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai are expected to top the first round of voting, according to analysts, though former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings is considered to have eaten into their support with an innovative campaign strategy. If no candidate wins 50 percent of the presidential vote, a run-off between the top two contenders will be held on November 7...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/12/17)
MONROVIA (Reuters) - One of Liberia’s leading political parties called for a halt in announcing the result of Tuesday’s presidential election, citing irregularities in the vote. The Liberty Party, whose candidate Charles Brumskine was considered a front-runner to take over from Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said it would consider taking legal action if the National Elections Commission (NEC) did not act on its demands. The NEC was originally expected to release preliminary results on Thursday. “The Liberty Party is deeply troubled by the discovery of numerous incidents of irregularities and fraud that occurred during the elections,” Liberty Party national chairman Benjamin Sanvee said in a statement.
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - The head of the Ecowas 71-member election observation mission to Liberia, John Mahama has described the October 10 presidential and parliamentary elections as largely free and fair. In a statement in Monrovia on Wednesday, Mr. Mahama said Liberians had seized the opportunity to exercise their sovereign right to decide who leads them in a mature and orderly manner that has vindicated the confidence of the international community in the process. “This mission believes thus far, that with the environment in the lead up to the elections, voting day activities, sorting and counting of the ballots, Liberia is on track to achieve a credible poll,” Mahama, who is Ghana’s immediate-past President said as he read the mission’s preliminary...
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - The opposition Liberty Party of Counselor Charles Walker Brumskine has on Thursday alarmed that the October 10 presidential election was fraught with fraud and irregularities. The party has therefore called on the election outfit, National Elections Commission to suspend its planned announcement of provisional results today until it presents its findings to the commission. "If NEC does not cooperate with our request, we will take the appropriate legal action," Liberty Party National Chairman, Benjamin Sanvee, said. The Alternative National Congress (ANC)...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/12/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West Africa is most at risk of fatal haemorrhagic fever epidemics, including Ebola, researchers said on Wednesday, calling for greater preparedness to save lives. A study in The Lancet medical journal assessed the likelihood of four viruses - Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and Crimean-Congo - spreading on the continent, charting progress from a first human case through to a potential pandemic. The world’s worst recorded Ebola outbreak ravaged Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone between 2013 and 2016, killing about 11,300 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The viruses, which are often transmitted by rodents and bats, can cause fever, vomiting and bleeding, are often fatal. By mapping high risk areas, African nations can better...
(APA 10/11/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - Liberia’s presidential election is heading for a second round run-off vote with the two leading contenders, VP Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party and the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change candidate, George Weah locked in a stalemate as the vote-counting continues into Wednesday. 20 candidates are running to replace 78-year-old Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female president who had ruled post-war Liberia since 2005. It will also be the first time a democratically elected government transfers power to another through election since 1947. Under Liberian electoral law, a presidential candidate must poll over 50 percent of the overall vote to avoid the exercise reaching a second round.
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
Counting was under way in Liberia on Wednesday following a peaceful poll that will determine President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's successor after 12 years and complete a historic democratic transfer of power. The first official results in the presidential and legislative elections are expected on Wednesday afternoon from the National Elections Commission (NEC), which has already suggested that turnout was high. Some voters who appeared at the wrong polling station or were registered more than once were unable to cast their ballot, the NEC has said without putting a figure on those affected, triggering concern from political parties. The nation's 2.18 million registered voters made their choice...
(RFI 10/11/17)
Ce 10 octobre, les bureaux de vote ont ouvert à l'heure, à 8h pile, à Monrovia au Liberia pour ce jour d'élections générales : des législatives et une présidentielle pour élire le successeur d'Ellen Johnson Sirleaf qui ne peut pas se représenter. Vingt candidats sont sur les rangs pour un scrutin qui s'annonce serré. Ce 10 octobre au matin, à Monrovia, au Liberia, un électeur résumait le sentiment général : « Je suis très fier d’avoir voté pour notre numéro un, je suis un citoyen de ce pays et j’ai le droit de vote », explique-t-il. « Nous prions pour que nos meilleurs candidats l’emportent, poursuit-il, que tout se passe bien et qu’il n’y ait pas de violence » après...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/17)
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Thousands lined up at polling booths in Liberia’s capital on Tuesday for their first democratic transfer of power in 73 years in a vote haunted by a savage civil war that ended in 2003. Many Liberians on Tuesday praised 78-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for keeping peace since the dark days of the 14-year conflict when gangs of drugged child soldiers wearing ammunition belts marauded through the streets. Yet, while preparations have been peaceful, a former rebel leader Prince Johnson is one of the 20 candidates and an ex-wife of warlord Charles Taylor, now in a British jail, is the running mate of one of the favorites, former soccer player George Weah. Unlike neighboring...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Liberians head to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new president in a contest set to complete the country's first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years. After a campaign hailed for a vibrant and violence-free debate, the small West African nation's 2.18 million registered voters will begin casting their ballots between 8am (0800 GMT) and 6pm (1800 GMT). With Africa's first female elected head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, stepping aside after a maximum two terms, Liberians will choose from a crowded field of 20 candidates, although just one of them is a woman. "The future of the country is in your hands, no one is entitled to your vote, not because of party, ethnicity, religion...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday urged peaceful elections ahead of the vote to replace her after 12 years in power, exhorting citizens to respect the outcome regardless of the winner. Tuesday's elections will represent the first democratic transfer of power in the small west African nation since 1944, and with no clear frontrunner the stakes are high. "Go to the polls peacefully," Sirleaf said in a short speech broadcast on state television, seated behind a desk. "We all must respect the outcome of the election as declared by the National Elections Commission." Sirleaf has largely absented herself from the campaign trail, even though her Vice-President of 12 years standing, Joseph Boakai, is running to replace her as she...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Following are key points in Liberia's presidential and legislative elections on Tuesday: - US model - Africa's first republic was founded by freed slaves from the United States and retains many similarities with the US political system, though there are significant variations. Presidential and vice-presidential candidates run on a joint ticket for six-year terms. Voters will also elect 73 seats to the House of Representatives (lower chamber), also for six years. No race will be held for the Senate (upper house) this year. Elections are overseen by the autonomous National Elections Commission (NEC). - Run-off - Liberia operates a two-round voting system for presidential elections. If no single candidate gets more than 50 percent of votes in the first round,...

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