Ex-football superstar George Weah was announced the winner on Thursday of Liberiaâ€™s presidential run-off, beating Vice President Joseph Boakai in the first democratic transfer of power in decades following two devastating civil wars.
Weah is set to replace incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over at the helm of Africaâ€™s oldest republic in 2006.
The National Election Commission (NEC) said Weah had won an insurmountable 61.5 percent of Tuesdayâ€™s vote, which was delayed several weeks after a legal challenge from Boakai.
The NEC said that with 98.1 percent of all votes counted, Boakai had only secured 38.5 percent support.
Ahead of Thursdayâ€™s results, armed and helmeted police deployed outside the poll bodyâ€™s headquarters and some of Weahâ€™s supporters were already rejoicing.
â€œThe Liberian people clearly made their choiceâ€¦ and all together we are very confident in the result of the electoral process,â€ tweeted Weah before the official results were announced.
Weah topped the first round of voting in October with 38.4 percent of ballots but failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a run-off. Boakai came second with 28.8 percent.