George Weah's hopes of Liberian presidency to be decided in run-off

George Weah faces a run-off for the Liberian presidency next month after winning the first round of voting but failing to land an absolute majority.

Weah took 38.4 percent of the vote in the poll on Oct. 10, putting him 10 points ahead of current vice president Joseph Boakai in the race to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Jerome Korkoya, the chairman of Liberia's National Elections Commission, said: "As no single candidate achieved an absolute majority of valid votes cast to be elected to the office of president, the commission herewith announces an election run-off to be held on Nov.7 between the two candidates with the most votes in the first round: Mr George Weah, of the Coalition for Democratic Change, and Mr. Joseph Boakai, of the Unity Party."

Weah, 51, a Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year winner who retired from playing in 2003, has served as a senator for the Congress for Democratic Change since 2015.

Nicknamed "King George" by his supporters, ex-Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan forward Weah, who lost the 2005 election to Johnson Sirleaf, is popular with Liberia's youth and those who feel they have not benefited from the country's recovery from civil war.