In the context of Liberia’s presidential election held on October 10, incumbent President George Weah and opposition leader Joseph Boakai find themselves in a closely contested electoral competition, according to provisional results published by the West African nation’s election commission on Sunday.

George Weah, seeking a second term, faces an opposition led by Joseph Nyumah Boakai, the former Vice President of the country from 2006 to 2018.

Preliminary results indicate that George Weah maintains a slight lead with 43.80% of the votes, while Joseph Boakai secures 43.54%. These figures are based on results compiled from 72.92% of polling places, as reported by the election commission.

To be elected president in the first round, the winning candidate must secure more than 50% of the votes, a threshold that neither Weah nor Boakai have reached yet.

George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah, who celebrated his 57th birthday on October 1, has been at the helm of the nation since 2018. Before assuming the presidency, Weah served as a senator from Montserrado County. Furthermore, he enjoyed a prolific 18-year professional football career as a striker, which concluded in 2003. He is the first former African professional footballer to become a head of state.