Joseph Boakai, a seasoned political veteran, has been officially declared the winner of Liberia’s presidential election, triumphing over incumbent George Weah. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced Boakai’s victory after completing the ballot count, with Boakai securing 50.64% of the vote compared to Weah’s 49.36%. Despite winning by a narrow margin of 20,567 votes, Boakai’s success marks a significant moment in Liberia’s democracy.
Weah gracefully conceded defeat earlier, garnering praise for promoting a peaceful transition in a region frequently plagued by coups. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) hailed Liberians for showcasing the vitality of democracy in the region.
As Boakai prepares to assume office, maintaining peace and security during the post-election phase is paramount. Notably, the election in Nimba County is under scrutiny due to appeals lodged by Weah’s party, which the electoral commission will investigate within 30 days. With other presidential elections looming in West Africa, Liberia’s peaceful transition sets a positive precedent for upcoming political transitions.