Liberia’s President, George Weah, has conceded defeat in a closely contested run-off election to opposition candidate Joseph Boakai. According to the country’s electoral commission, Boakai, a former vice president, secured 51% of the votes, thus emerging as the winner.
In a gracious act, Weah personally called Boakai to congratulate him on his victory. He expressed his acknowledgment of the election results and recognized that the true winners were the people of Liberia. Weah, who was voted into office in 2018, will step down from the presidency in January.
The run-off election was triggered after Weah secured a victory in the first round of elections held in October, but fell short of the required 50% threshold. Hoping to secure a second six-year term after a tumultuous first tenure, Weah faced a strong challenge from Boakai.
One of the notable aspects of this election has been Weah’s immediate concession of defeat, ensuring a peaceful transfer of power. He has received praise for this act, as it sets a positive example for future political transitions in Liberia.
Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu also congratulated the new President-elect, Joseph Boakai. Tinubu commended Weah for his commitment to a peaceful transition of power, emphasizing the importance of such actions in promoting democracy and stability within the region.
These developments mark an important milestone in Liberia’s democratic journey. With a peaceful transition of power, Liberia’s political landscape is poised for a new era under the leadership of President-elect Joseph Boakai. As the country prepares for this change, hopes are high for progress, stability, and prosperity in the years to come.