Former AC Milan and PSG forward turned politician, George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah, has reportedly won the Liberia Presidential election defeating closest rival, Joseph Boakai who is also the incumbent Vice President.
The 1995 Ballon d’Or Winner, 1995 FIFA World Footballer of the Year, 1995 European Footballer of the Year, and 1995 African Footballer of the Year, George Oppong Weah has emerged the WINNER of the Liberian Presidential election.
Sirleaf, Africa’s first female elected president, ventures down following two six-year terms in which she steered Liberia far from the trauma of civil war. Weah succeeds President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a challenge that completes the nation’s first transition of power in over 70 years.
Weah scored five goals in 15 Chelsea on loan from AC Milan in mid-2000, before joining newly promoted English Premier League side Manchester City on a free transfer on a two-year deal worth £30,000 a week. But made just 11 appearances for City, scoring four goals after falling out with manager Joe Royle for selecting him as a substitute too frequently.
The 51-year old retired footballer has been an active member of Liberian politics, coming back from the United States in 2009 to effectively battle for the Congress for Democratic Change applicant in the Montserrado County senatorial by-election.
A few investigators saw these moves as planning for a rehash run for the Presidency in 2011, and he did without a doubt later declare his goal to challenge Africa’s first female president Johnson Sirleaf in the 2011 election.
After a progression of fizzled collusions with other resistance parties, the Congress for Democratic Change picked Weah as its 2011 vice- presidential hopeful, running with presidential applicant Winston Tubman.
In 2014, he kept running for a seat in the Senate as a Congress for Democratic Change in Montserrado County. He was overwhelmingly chosen to the Liberian Senate on 20 December 2014.
The Former Chelsea loanee defeated Robert Sirleaf son, becoming the first Liberian sportsman to be elected to the county legislature, which he won by a landslide having 99,226 votes, which represented 78.0% of the aggregate votes from the over 141 voting centers, while Sirleaf Jr, his rival got 13,692 votes, which is about 11% in the election marred by a low turnout