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31 December 2017, 03:38 | Damon Campbell
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The President of Sengal, Macky Sall, also congratulated Weah on Twitter and wished him "much success". "To investors, we say Liberia is open for business", he said.
Former global soccer star George Weah is applauded as he arrives to speak to the press in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on Dec, 30, 2017, the day after Liberia';s elections board officially certified Weah as the victor of the nation';s presidential election.
Oyintiloye made the submission in Osogbo, Osun State capital, following the victory of the first and only African to emerge world's best footballer, George Opong Weah, in the just-concluded presidential election in Liberia.
He is set to succeed Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president, in what will be Liberia's first democratic handover in decades.
"Vice President Boakai is also to be commended for the maturity of his campaign".
Africa's first female president, Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is stepping aside after two terms at the head of the nation founded by freed American slaves. "We have a lot to do to accelerate the construction of Africa's future".
Weah won Tuesday's runoff with 61.5 percent of the vote over Vice President Joseph Boakai, who got 38.5 percent, according to final results. Weah's critics have said his brief experience in politics will be a challenge for the nation.
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"The Secretary-General notes that the conclusion of peaceful, transparent, free and fair elections confirms Liberia's steady march towards lasting peace, stability and development", a statement by his spokesman said. Weah responded by thanking Sall for "his support and advice".
Weah is expected to take office in January.
Weah had run in the country's last two elections, winning the first round of the 2005 vote that eventually went to Sirleaf.
He also played for Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Chelsea and Man City.
In a speech to his supporters, the Unity Party candidate said he had spoken to Weah on the phone and offered him "a hand of goodwill, friendship and gratitude" as he accepted the provisional election results.
He has been senator for Montserrado County in Liberia after being elected in 2014.
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