Liberia polls close in presidential election

2017-10-11 07:20
Supporters of the former international Liberian football star turned politician George Weah.  (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

Supporters of the former international Liberian football star turned politician George Weah. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

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Monrovia - Voting is wrapping up in Liberia, where a runoff election already is expected because of the high number of presidential candidates.

Observers report long lines at many polling stations at closing time. Those already in line are being allowed to vote.

With 20 people running for the West African nation's highest office, analysts do not believe anyone will win outright with just over 50% of the vote.

Nearly 1 000 candidates from 26 parties are fighting 73 seats in the House of Representatives.

The election marks the end of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's tenure. The Nobel Peace Prize winner was Africa's first female president and helped the country rebuild from years of civil war and the devastating Ebola crisis.

Among the front-runners are Vice President Joseph Boaka and former international soccer star George Weah.

Many of the more than 2.1 million voters are calling for a president who will improve the economy and access to electricity.

Liberia's health system was decimated by Ebola, a challenge for Sirleaf, who also led Liberia's transition from a 14-year civil war.

Read more on:    ellen johnson sirleaf  |  liberia  |  west africa

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