Joseph Boakai wins the runoff election against incumbent President George Weah
Why it matters
The election outcome is significant as it demonstrates the strength of democracy in the region and the peaceful transfer of power. It also highlights the potential for change through peaceful means and sets a positive example for other countries facing political transitions.
What the papers say
AP News reports that a speeding vehicle rammed into supporters of President-elect Joseph Boakai at a victory celebration, resulting in casualties. France 24 highlights the praise received by President Weah for conceding defeat and promoting a non-violent transition. Al Jazeera emphasizes the peaceful transfer of power in a region marred by military coups. The New York Times discusses the significance of an incumbent president not being re-elected after serving one term. Gulf News provides an overview of President Weah's record and the challenges he faced during his first term.
How we got here
The election in Liberia was closely contested between Joseph Boakai and George Weah. Boakai won with a narrow margin of 20,567 votes. Weah had previously won the 2017 election with over 61% of the vote. The election is seen as a referendum on Weah's performance in office, with some voters expressing disillusionment over issues such as corruption and economic hardship.
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