Weah was billed to formally accept his election at his Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) headquarters in Monrovia at 6.30 p.m., an hour after his declaration as President-elect.

A statement signed by Uche Anichukwu, Special Adviser (Media) to Deputy President of the Senate, Ekweremadu also commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for guiding the West African nation through a peaceful presidential election.

Liberia's president-elect and ex-soccer star George Weah says he is "honored to join a new generation of heads of state".

He also described the candidate of the ruling Unity Party, Vice President Joseph Boakai as a true statesman for his sportsmanship and respect for the ballot box in conceding defeat. "We have a lot to do to accelerate the construction of Africa's future".

French President Emmanuel Macron has called Liberia's president-elect George Weah to congratulate him and invite him to visit.

When the president-elect rose from his seat to calm the situation, the crowd went wilder in euphoria, chanting "George Weah, George Weah".

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Senator Ekweremadu congratulates George Weah, Liberians
Joseph Boakai in an address to the nation on Friday is offering to help Weah's new government if needed. Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had "a special place in the French's hearts".

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He will take office in January.

"Those chosen to serve will and must be dedicated to the ideas of grassroots social transformation...persons looking to treat the Liberian people through menace of corruption will have no place in this administration".

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%.

Former soccer star George Weah has been declared victor of Liberia's presidential runoff vote held on December 26.

Outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is at the end of her second six-year term, will transfer power to Weah in the nation's first democratic transition since 1944.

The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics after his 2002 retirement, led the first-round election in October but didn't receive enough votes to win outright.


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