Liberia to hold run-off election on December 26

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George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) shows his voter’s card at a polling station in Monrovia, Liberia October 10, 2017. REUTERS

Liberia will hold a delayed presidential run-off vote on December 26, according to the electoral commission.

Former soccer star George Weah faces Vice-President Joseph Boakai in the poll that was held up for several weeks by a court challenge by the candidate who came third in round one.

The winner replaces Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president in what will be Liberia’s first peaceful handover of power in 70 years.

The Supreme Court last week dismissed a complaint from third-place finisher Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party, which alleged fraud had undermined the first round in October.

Electoral Commission chairman Jerome Korkoya said campaigning could start immediately but must end by December 24.