Breaking Down Liberia’s Presidential Run-Off: Weah vs. Boakai


Liberia’s presidential race between President George Weah and main rival Joseph Boakai is set for a run-off, with Weah currently holding 43.8% of the vote and Boakai at 43.5%. The election was Liberia’s closest since a civil war ended two decades ago. Voting is set to resume in certain areas of Sinoe, Nimba, and Montserrado counties on Friday following alleged ballot tampering by unknown individuals.

None of the 18 other presidential candidates received more than 3% in the first round, and the two main candidates are likely to seek their endorsement. Former football star Weah is seeking a second term as president after winning a run-off in the 2017 poll with 61.5% against 38.5% for Boakai. Analysts predict this may be Boakai’s last attempt at the presidency, who served as vice-president in then-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government.