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Former soccer star George Weah wins Liberia's presidential election

Former soccer star George Weah won Liberia's presidential election after defeating Vice President Joseph Boakai, Reuters reported.

With 98.1% of the total vote counted on Dec. 28, Weah had garnered 61.5% against Boakai's 38.5%, and won 14 out of 15 Liberian counties, according to National Election Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoyah.

Weah is set to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf next month, which would mark the first democratic transition in Liberia in 70 years.

Weah played professional soccer for AC Milan in Italy, Chelsea in the U.K. and Paris St. Germain in France. In 1995, he became the only African to win FIFA World Player of the Year, according to Reuters.