In a closely contested presidential election, opposition leader Joseph Boakai secured a lead with nearly 51 percent of the votes in Liberia, according to announced results. Despite the results not being final, incumbent President George Weah acknowledged Boakai’s unassailable lead and gracefully conceded defeat.
Weah, speaking as the election results were being announced, stated, “The result announced tonight, though not final, indicates that… Boakai is in a lead that we cannot surpass.” He emphasized the importance of graciousness in defeat and congratulated Boakai on his victory, acknowledging the voice of the Liberian people.
The Liberian president highlighted the nation’s unity despite the close and divisive election, expressing the need to heal the divisions caused by the campaign and unite as one nation. Weah, who remains in office until the handover of power in January, pledged to continue working for the good of Liberia.
Weah had previously defeated Boakai in the 2017 presidential election. In the recent election, with over 99.5 percent of polling units reporting after the second-round vote, Boakai secured 50.89 percent of the vote, surpassing Weah by 28,000 votes according to election data.
While Weah’s presidency in 2017 had ignited hopes for positive change, critics have accused his government of falling short on election promises and hindering the people’s rights. The election outcome marks a significant development in Liberian politics, signaling a shift in leadership and renewed hopes for the country’s future.