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Weah sprints towards an open goal

George Weah at the 2002 African Cup of Nations. Pic: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport
George Weah at the 2002 African Cup of Nations. Pic: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

A comfortable lead for the soccer hero in the first round of elections leaves the old elite floundering for a response

Such is the commanding lead built up by George Weah, the star footballer turned politician, in the first round of presidential elections on 10 October that his nearest rival, Vice-President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, will struggle to bring together enough votes from the other candidates to win in the second round.

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