Brooks Marmon

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Youth supporters campaign for soccer legend Sen. George Weah, Liberian presidential candidate, during a rally in Monrovia, Liberia in August 2017. Weah and Joseph Boakai will face off in the final election round, now scheduled for Dec. 26. (Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA)

After a delay of over a month, Liberia will move ahead and hold a runoff presidential election on Dec. 26. The contest pits George Weah, a retired soccer star and junior senator, against Joseph Boakai, septuagenarian vice president. Boakai was outpolled in the first round in October and appears to be the underdog.

Originally slated for Nov. 7, the second round of balloting was delayed following an unsuccessful judicial challenge by the Liberty Party, whose candidate, Charles Brumskine, alleged fraud, and finished a distant third with less than 10 percent of the vote.

An elected president has not transferred power to another in Liberia since 1944.…  Seguir leyendo »