Several World Leaders Congratulate Weah

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George M. Weah addresses his supporters the Saturday before the historic Dec. 26 runoff election that won him the Liberian presidency (Photo: Carielle Doe)

Several world leaders among them, Ghana President Akufo-Addo have congratulated Liberia’s president-elect, George Weah.

Following a peaceful presidential run-off on December 26, 2017 the former football star garnered 61.5 percent of the vote, while his opponent, Joseph Boakai was far behind with 38.5 percent.

After hearing news of Weah’s victory, President Akufo-Addo took to his Facebook page to congratulate him for winning the election at the second round and commended Mr. Boakai for his mature campaign.

He wrote, “Warm congratulations to George Oppong Weah on his decisive victory in Liberia’s peaceful presidential run-off, thus becoming the next President of the Republic of Liberia.”

WHITE HOUSE

The White House congratulated President-elect George Weah Friday for his victory in a runoff election in Liberia, and commended Liberians on their first democratic transfer of power since 1944.

“This is Liberia’s first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected head of state to another in decades, and represents a major milestone for Liberia’s democracy,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The United States is deeply committed to our longstanding relationship with Liberia and its people. We will continue to support the success of this historic democratic transition and the peace and prosperity of Liberia.”

Outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, completing her second term as head of one of the world’s poorest countries, will transfer power to Mr. Weah.

The White House commended the National Elections Commission for administering “an orderly election process.”

“We also recognize the important role Liberia’s Supreme Court, political parties, security forces, and civil society organizations played in holding a peaceful and transparent contest, and we welcome the statements by international and domestic observer missions affirming the conduct of the election,” the White House said. “We also thank Vice President Joseph Boakai for his positive campaign and years of honorable service to Liberia.”

ZAMBIA

President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Liberia’s President-elect George Weah for his victory following that country’s run-off Presidential election on December 26, 2017.

Former football star George Weah was elected as Liberia’s president.

He has succeeded Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president, in Liberia’s first democratic handover in decades.

In his congratulatory message, President Lungu says Mr. Weah’s victory represents the triumph of democracy and renewed hope for Liberia cementing its democratic credentials.

President Lungu says Liberia is a transformed nation that has demonstrated that the will of the people is supreme.

He says the victory of Mr. Weah also represents the affirmation that it’s possible to have a smooth power transfer from one party to another.

He adds that this is a proud moment for Africa.

The President has also wished Mr. Weah and the people of Liberia and a prosperous 2018.

This is contained in a statement issued to QTV News by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda.

Meanwhile, UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says he is encouraged by Mr. Weah’s indomitable spirit in winning the presidency after 12 years of trying.

Mr. Hichilema says his win marks 73 years since Liberia experienced a democratic transition of power.

He says as the first son of Africa to have been voted FIFA’s world player of the year and to have won the Ballon d’Or for Europe’s best player, he has managed to break records at the tender age of 51.

The UPND Leader is sure that Mr. Weah’s presidency will be punctuated by many more auspicious milestones.

KENYA

President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated former soccer star George Weah for winning the Liberian Presidential poll.

In the message posted on his Twitter handle, President Kenyatta lauded the people of Liberia for the peaceful poll and offered his support to the new head of state.

“President-elect Weah’s victory is a triumph of democracy. Kenya will stand with Liberia, for we believe that Pan-African cooperation will win every African the prosperity and freedom they deserve. I look forward to working with President Weah in the service of those ideals,” President Kenyatta tweeted.

Meanwhile, diplomatic observers say they find it strange that aside from Ghanaian President Akuffo-Addo, whose Finance Minister Kenneth Ofori Atta is a business partner of President Sirleaf most leaders of ECOWAS, especially Nigeria, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone  have remain stone-lipped, not extending congratulatory wishes to the new President-elect George Weah and his running mate Jewel Howard Taylor, ex wife of war crimes convict and jailed former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

It can be recalled that West African leaders had in the past expressed serious concern and misgivings about the emergence of a Weah-Taylor leadership which they believe is  tantamount to a return to power of Charles Taylor under a different guise. Perhaps their delayed reaction is a measured response to this development and so a wait and see attitude which has apparently set in should come as no surprise diplomatic observers maintain.

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