Liberian President and football legend George Weah has conceded defeat to opposition leader Joseph Boakai after a tight presidential run-off, saying it was time to put national interest above personal interest. The latest and nearly complete results showed Boakai leading with nearly fifty-one percent of the votes in Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic founded by freed American slaves. President Weah in a speech on national radio late on Friday said his CDC party lost the election but Liberia has won, pointing out this is the time for graciousness in defeat. The Seventy-eight-year-old Boakai lost to Weah, aged fifty-seven, by a large margin in the second-round presidential vote in 2017.
Boakai was twenty-eight thousand votes ahead of Weah, according to Friday’s figures.