The outgoing vice president of Liberia, Joseph Boakai, congratulated his rival, the senator and former football star George Weah on Friday for his victory in the second round of the presidential election, paving the way for a peaceful transition in a country with history bruised by civil wars.
“My love for the country is deeper than my desire to be president. That’s why, recently, I called George Weah to congratulate him as the winner of the presidential election, “Boakai said at midday in a solemn message to the nation.
“I respect the will of the people, as announced by the National Electoral Commission”, which credited Mr. Boakai with 38.5% of the votes, against 61.5% for George Weah, he added, surrounded by key leaders of his party and supporters at his headquarters in downtown Monrovia.
I respect the will of the people, as announced by the National Electoral Commission
“I will reject all attempts to impose pain, difficulty, agony and uncertainty. My name will not serve as an excuse for any drop of human blood in this country “, which has gone through civil wars that killed 250,000 people between 1989 and 2003.
What to thwart all fears about his attitude in case of defeat, since after the first round, Boakai had filed a motion to invalidate the results because of “fraud” and was opposed to the date set by the Supreme Court for the conduct of the second round.