The famous footballer is elected President of Liberia


While many social media users begun to celebrate Weah's presumed victory by Wednesday night, election observers in Liberia advised caution, urging the public to await the full results as may be released by Liberia's National Elections Commission (NEC).

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, addresses the 2008 United Methodist General Conference on April 29 in Fort Worth, Texas. It apologized for delays in some areas and said it had quarantined materials from one precinct and will investigate reports of alleged compromised voting.

Former professional footballer turned politician, George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah, has reportedly won the Liberia Presidential election, even as the electoral commission has continued to stall the announcement. In 2005 George Wea again ran for president, but then remained second in the vote, after Surley.

Global observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties. Final results should be known within two weeks.

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

"As a longstanding friend, the United States applauds the people of Liberia for exercising their democratic right to vote in the historic presidential and legislative elections", said a statement from US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. Voters commended her leadership, but also said they are ready for change when they lined up for Tuesday's historic vote.