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President Akufo-Addo has congratulated Liberia's president-elect, George Weah.

They are selecting a victor between former football star George Weah and veteran Deputy President Joseph Boakai to succeed Africa's first elected woman President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who's constitutional mandate has run out.

As Liberia's first female head of state, 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize victor, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, steps dpwn she leaves the impoverished West African country still reeling from the effects of previous wars and the deadly Ebola outbreak.

As news of Mr Weah's victory emerged on Thursday, his supporters began celebrating in the capital Monrovia.

He clinched votes in 12 out of 15 counties in the West African country to become the 25th President of Liberia.

In the first round of voting on October 10, Weah claimed 38.4 percent of the votes while Boakai took 28.8 percent.

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The runoff was triggered since neither Weah nor Boakai managed to win 50 percent of the vote, which would have handed either candidate an automatic victory. The failure of any candidate to secure an outright majority forced the run-off.

Weah has also fended off barbs over his vice-presidential pick, Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of jailed former president and warlord Charles Taylor.

He entered politics after his retirement from the game in 2002 and is now a senator in Liberia's parliament.

More than two million people were eligible to cast their ballots in the nation of 4.6 million people.

After running unsuccessfully for the presidency in 2005, when he was defeated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Weah says he has "gained experience" since becoming a senator in 2014.

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