Liberia's Ballot Counting Begins in Presidential Run-Off

A member of the national electoral commission prepares the ballot papers as Liberians go to the polls for the second round of presidential elections in Monrovia on Dec. 26, 2017.

Photographer: Seyllou/AFP via Getty Images

Ballot counting began in Liberia in a presidential run-off between retired soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai.

In the capital, Monrovia, National Elections Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoya told reporters on Tuesday “voting was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.”

Weah, 51, won the first round on Oct. 10, beating Vice President Boakai, 73, by a 38 percent to 30 percent margin. They’re battling to succeed Harvard-educated former banker Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who’s due to step down in January.

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