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Tuesday 17 July 2018
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Weah, Boakai in last minute drive for votes!

Analysts say Tuesday’s polls outcome too close to call but…

By John Eche

Ahead of Tuesday’s rescheduled run-off contest, the two candidates for the Liberian presidency, George Weah and Joseph Boakai are hotly engaged in a last minute drive for votes.

Weah, a football icon, had taken an early lead in the original ballot held on October 10 but was 12 percentage points shy of winning at the first ballot. His opponent, Joseph Boakai is the serving Vice President and analysts expect a really tough fight between both men.

Critical to the process are endorsements from former candidates in the contest that include former warlord, Prince ormie Johnson, the businessman, Benoni Urey and Councillor Charles Brumskine.

Analysts say Tuesday’s outcome is still too close to call, though some are venturing that based on his street appeal, the infighting within Boakai’s own party (where former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is reportedly very cold to his aspiration) and the string of alliances made with notable politicians and ex-warlords, including jailed former President Charles Taylor, Weah may have a slight edge at the end of the day.

 

Weah’s campaign in motion.

 

Pix credit: The Guardian

 

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