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Liberia Commission Tallying Results in Presidential Run-Off

A poll worker prepares a ballot in Monrovia on Dec. 26, 2017. 

Photographer: Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images

Liberian election officials are tallying results in a presidential run-off between retired soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai.

The National Elections Commission will release provisional results as they arrive, it said in a statement released Tuesday in the capital, Monrovia. Ballot counting started yesterday after voting was conducted peacefully, NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya told reporters.

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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