Celebrations have begun in Liberia as former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah is set to be declared the victor of the West African nation's presidential election.
On Thursday, the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia stated that with 98.1% of the run-off vote counted, Mr Weah had won 61.5% of the vote while Mr Boakai was far behind with 38.5%.
Reports say the former AC Milan striker is all but the victor of Tuesday's run-off, as he now leads incumbent vice-president Joseph Boakai with more than 60 per cent of the votes.
And the former Monaco and PSG player in his response, used the opportunity to advise the two-time African Footballer of the Year to serve his people. Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had "a special place in the French's hearts".
AC Milan on Friday tweeted its congratulations on "legend" Weah's win. "We have a lot to do to accelerate the construction of Africa's future".
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'Two days ago the world saw me cry, not because I won, but for the lives of partisans who lost their lives in the struggle for change, " Weah said after being introduced by his running mate, Vice President-elect Jewel Howard-Taylor.
Weah's rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him "King George".
"Together, let's help speed up the development of our continent", Weah wrote.
'To investors, we say Liberia is open and ready for business, " he said.
Africa's first female president, Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is stepping aside after two terms at the head of the nation founded by freed American slaves.
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In 2005, Sirleaf became the first woman to be elected head of state in Africa, following the end of the second civil war in Liberia in 2003.
He was raised by his grandmother in one of the worst slums of Liberia's capital Monrovia, but he went on to have a glittering football career in the 1990s.
He is set to take office in January. He played for top local clubs before starting his global career in Cameroon, then moved on to AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, where he became famous.
- He defeated the country's incumbent Vice President to emerge victor of the country's presidential run off election.
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