Arsene Wenger celebrates fake George Weah's Liberia election win

Arsene Wenger celebrates fake George Weah's Liberia election win

Arsene Wenger celebrates fake George Weah's Liberia election win

Liberia has started voting in an election to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female leader. A run-off vote will be scheduled in November if none of the 20 candidates garners a 50 percent majority.

Liberia's electoral body has until October 25 to declare a victor or to announce a run-off.

Turnout in the election appears to have been high, but there were several reports of irregularities.

Alongside the results of Tuesday's election, the global community will be looking forward to seeing Liberia's history of assassinations, coups and exiled dictators shift to more stable footing as Sirleaf peacefully transfers her post.

The first official results are expected within 48 hours after polls close.

Weah is now leading his opponent in the results already announced. The former Fifa World Footballer of the Year has long turned a politician with aspiration to be Liberia's President.

In 2011, after a series of failed alliances, Weah was chosen as vice presidential candidate for Winston Tubman, who challenged Sirleaf but failed to reach the position.

"George feels good and very keen. All of these people are saying they want change and improvement, and that explains why nearly all of the candidates are presenting themselves as candidates for change".

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"His former football career helps him a lot".

Liberians began lining up to vote at 4 a.m. Tuesday, and things appeared to have proceeded without incident throughout most of the country.

President Sirleaf has held the role for 12 years, the maximum time allowed by Liberian Constitution.

He coached Mr Weah at French club Monaco in the 1990s.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger took a minute out of his press conference on Thursday to congratulate George Weah on winning Liberia's presidential election.

"It is not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country", Wenger said.

According to a report by the BBC, during the press conference Wenger's eyes were glinting as he spoke, with what was clearly nearly uncontained excitement and a genuine congratulatory feel. As many as 986 contestants vied for 73 seats in the House of Representatives.

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