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George Weah Takes Shot at Presidency Again


Former FIFA World Footballer of the Year and AC Milan star, George Oppong Weah, is among 19 others gunning for the Liberia presidential election as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf steps down after serving out two terms in office.
Weah, who played for teams including Paris Saint-Germain in France and Chelsea,England, is the highest-ranking African footballer in FIFA’s list of greatest players of the 20th century.
His previous presidential bid, in 2005, was defeated by current President Johnson-Sirleaf.
Weah is currently a Senator for the Western province of Montserrado, which includes the capital Monrovia.
He will stand for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) with Jewel Howard-Taylor, 54, the ex-wife of Charles Taylor, as his Vice President.
In 2011 he ran for Vice President under Winston Tubman but did not win.
A striker, Weah is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all-time and as one of the best forwards of his generation.
In 1995 he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or, becoming the first African player to win these awards. In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century.
Known for his acceleration and dribbling ability in addition to his finishing, Weah was described by FIFA as “the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today”
The Liberian electoral commission said Monday, that elections for the presidency and House of Representatives take place on October 10.
This marks the first time since the end of the conflict in 2003 that Liberia will be holding a vote without the presence of UN peacekeepers.
Ahead of the opening of campaigning on Monday, the UN appealed for the ballot to go ahead smoothly, urging all “to spare no effort in their pursuit of peaceful elections.”
Senator Prince Johnson, a one-time rebel fighter filmed drinking beer during the notorious murder of former President Samuel Doe in 1990, is standing for President for the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR).
Two prominent businessmen, Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings and telecoms tycoon Benoni Urey, are standing on pro-jobs and pro-growth platforms as they aim to bring corporate expertise to the presidency.


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