The main opposition leader in Liberia, Joseph Boakai has maintained a slim lead in the Liberian presidential election after official results from more than 99.58 percent of polling stations have been announced.

The 78-year-old political veteran had 50.89 percent of the votes, while incumbent President George Weah had 49.11 percent as of 6 pm on Friday.

With 99.58 percent of the national presidential runoff results declared, Boakai had 814,212 votes representing 50.89 percent as against George Weah’s 785,778 representing 49.11 percent.

The two were separated by just over 7,000 votes in the first round in October, triggering Tuesday’s run-off.

A former international football star, Mr Weah, 57, is seeking a second term.

He became president after comfortably defeating Mr Boakai, 78, in a run-off in 2017.

Mr Boakai served as vice-president in the government of Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who stepped down as Liberia’s leader after the 2017 election.


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