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Youth policies, contract renegotiations likely in Liberia following Weah presidential victory, but protests if pledges fall short

29 December 2017

Event

Liberia's National Election Commission on 28 December announced opposition leader George Weah the winner of the 26 December presidential run-off election with 61.5% of the vote.

The poll, pitting Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) party against current vice-president Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party, was postponed from 7 November following fraud complaints from the third-placed Liberty Party. The turnout was reportedly low, but voting passed off peacefully.

Forecast

Campaigning on a 'Change for Hope' slogan, Weah has been short on policy detail but has consistently pledged his commitment to youth policies such as job creation and reforming education, as well as tackling corruption, infrastructure development, and cash-crop production.

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