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Ex-footballer George Weah and vice-president to contest Liberia's presidency

Soccer star and presidential candidate George Weah center from the Congress for Democratic Change 'CDC' party seen after he voted on the outskirts of the city of Monrovia Liberia on Tuesday Nov. 8 2005. One-time FIFA player of the year George Weah and former Finance Minister Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf finished first and second respectively in the Oct. 11 first round which weeded out 20 other presidential candidates including warlords and rebel leaders. (AP Photo)

FORMER footballer George Weah will face vice-president Joseph Boakai in the run-off election for Liberia's presidency on November 7.

Henry Flomo, the country's national elections commission communications director, said yesterday that Mr Weah and Mr Boakai had reached the second round.

Neither of the two men got more than 50 per cent of the votes which is required by the constitution to win outright in the October 10 contest.

Mr Weah got about 39 per cent and Mr Boakai won 29 per cent of the votes.

The second round winner will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female president who is stepping down after two terms.

Views were mixed among Liberians calling into a morning talk show yesterday.

Some pledged support for the vice president, hoping he can continue Ms Sirleaf's development achievements.

Others supported Mr Weah in hopes of change.

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