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gap between Weah and Boakai remains slim as counting draws to a close

In Liberia, the suspense remains unresolved three days after the second round of the presidential election on November 14, 2023: in nearly 86% of polling stations, former vice-president Joseph Boakai is leading the vote, followed closely by the outgoing head of state George Weah. But the gap between the two candidates remains slim and the compilation of results continues this Friday.

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With our special correspondent in Monrovia, Bineta Diagne

According to the president of the National Electoral Commission, Davidetta Brown Lansanah, Joseph Boakai obtained 50.57% of the votes in nearly 86% of the polling stations counted. The outgoing president, George Weah, has 49.42% of the votes. There is a 16,221 vote difference between the two candidates.

Boakai came out in the majority in several western counties, as well as in the heavily populated Nimba County, where he enjoyed the support of the influential Prince Johnson. He is also in the majority in Montserrado County (where the capital, Monrovia is located), while George Weah takes over the southeastern counties.

These results are still partial. The Electoral Commission continues to collect result sheets from within the country.

In parallel with these announcements, yesterday, the security cell, led by the Minister of Justice, warned political parties against any demonstrations by their supporters, before the official announcement of the results by the electoral commission. The security cell calls on political leaders to show a sense of responsibility, in order to avoid possible tensions. No names have been mentioned, but this warning is addressed in particular to Joseph Boakai’s campaign team, which has been broadcasting results on social networks for two days.

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