Liberia’s two major presidential candidates


Liberia is set to hold a general election on Tuesday to elect the president and national congress members.
A total of 20 presidential candidates will take part in the election.

Their fates will be decided by 2,183,629 voters registered by the National Elections Commission of Liberia.

Below are the profiles of the two major candidates contesting in the presidential election, although there is no clear favorite among the presidential candidates.

Joseph Boakai:

Joseph Nyumah Boakai, the current vice president of Liberia and presidential candidate of the governing Unity Party (UP), has been deputy leader of Liberia since 2006, serving under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Between 1983 and 1985, he served as minister of agriculture in the country.

Among his enormous duties and responsibilities, Boakai, born on Nov. 30, 1944, had also served as resident manager of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation and managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company.

While serving as minister of agriculture, he monitored activities and chaired boards of over 20 agricultural development projects, the Agricultural Cooperative Development Bank and support institutions.

As vice president, Boakai serves as President of the Liberian Senate.

He performs supervisory functions over a number of institutions and agencies including the Liberia National Lotteries, the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment, and the National Commission on Disarmament, Demobilization, Resettlement, and Reintegration.

He attended elementary school and high school in Sierra Leone and Liberia, respectively, and graduated from the College of West Africa, the University of Liberia in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Boakai also attended Kansas State University, which he attended on a USAID grant, graduating in 1976.

George Weah:

George Oppong Weah, a retired professional footballer, is a serving senator of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in Liberia. He is seeking to be president of the country on the same political platform.

Regarded as one of the greatest African soccer stars of all-time, Weah, born on Oct. 1, 1966, was named FIFA World Player of the Year 1995. That same year, he won the prestigious Ballon d’Or, becoming the first African player to win these awards.

In 1996, he was named African Player of the Century, having earlier won the African Footballer of the Year title in 1989, 1994 and 1995.
Weah first announced his intention to run for president of Liberia in the 2005 elections but lost the contest to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round of voting.

In 2011, he ran for vice president on Winston Tubman’s ticket during the presidential election in Liberia.
He ran as a Congress for Democratic Change candidate for the Senate in 2014 and won, representing Liberia’s Montserrado County.
Weah is contesting the 2017 presidential race with Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of former Liberian leader, Charles Taylor, as his running mate. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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