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Is George Weah President of Liberia Yet?

The former FIFA World Player of the Year is the frontrunner in the Liberian elections which took place Tuesday.

While social media is awash in rumors that international football star George Weah has won the Liberian presidency, there has not, at time of writing been any official announcement from Liberia's National Election Commission. In fact, it is highly unlikely, given the huge field of candidates for this year's vote, that any candidate was able to get 50 percent of the vote needed to become president—a result that would prompt a runoff election for later this month.


Liberians gathered at the polls on Monday to choose the successor to Africa's first elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. They had 20 total candidates to choose from. The main contenders were former footballer George Weah, who has run twice before and current vice president, Joseph Boakai, who was not publicly backed by Sirleaf.

Yesterday, rumors began spreading online that Weah—who chose Charles Taylor's ex-wife Jewel Howard Taylor as his running partner—had been announced as Liberia's next president.

Even Arsenal football club manager Arsene Wenger—Weah's former coach—congratulated him on his victory.

While the National Election Commission has announced that local vote tallying is finished, the official election results have not yet been announced. The Liberty Party, represented by candidate Charles Brumskine, reported fraud and irregularities during voting, while the African Union and ECOWAS commended the country for carrying out what they consider a peaceful election.

In order to win, one candidate has to receive more than 50 percent of the vote. It's likely that a run-off will occur between the top two candidates.


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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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