Arsene Wenger Prematurely Congratulates George Weah on Being Elected President

Former Ballon d'Or winner, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'

There were 20 candidates in the election and one person needs to receive more than 50% of the votes in order to be declared the victor. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female president, will step aside after two six-year terms in office.

Emerging reports indicate that the election is nearly certain to go to a run-off with 20 candidates contesting to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a contest that completes the country's first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years.

"As a longstanding friend, the United States applauds the people of Liberia for exercising their democratic right to vote in the historic presidential and legislative elections", said a statement from US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

The Arsenal's manager was Weah's manager in the 90s when the Liberian was playing in the Ligue 1 with AS Monaco. However, Liberia's National Elections Commission (NEC) has not totalled the figures yet.

After performing her constitutional duty, President Sirleaf briefly addressed journalists who had gone to cover the polls.

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"His former football career helps him a lot".

Wenger coached the 51-year-old footballer-turned politician between 1988 and 1992 with the Frenchman being the one who discovered Weah.

"It's not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country".

According to a report by the BBC, during the press conference Wenger's eyes were glinting as he spoke, with what was clearly nearly uncontained excitement and a genuine congratulatory feel.

984 candidates are contesting for the 73 seats at stake in the national assembly. The NEC hasn't yet declared how numerous 2.2 million registered voters took part in the polls.

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