Partial results from Liberia’s presidential election show former football star, George Weah, has taken an early lead.
Figures from the national elections commission (NEC) put Mr Weah ahead in 11 out of 15 counties, although most votes have yet to be counted.
His main rival, incumbent vice-president Joseph Boakai, leads in one county and is second in most others.
“I can say for sure that Ambassador George Manneh Weah is going to be the next president of the Republic of Liberia,” Weah’s adviser Mulbah Morlu told Reuters. “The people of Liberia have spoken.”
The final results will be announced on 25 October.
As the results came in, the manager of Arsenal Football Club, Arsene Wenger, was apparently duped by false reports that Mr Weah had won.
“I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia,” Wenger said. “It’s not often you have a former player who becomes president of a country. So well done, Georgie.”
NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya hit out at false reports and said his officials were doing their best to get accurate official results out as quickly as possible.Please subscribe to our newsletter