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>> Election officials in Liberia counting votes by torch light. Polls shut late on Tuesday in a presidential runoff, which authorities hope will mark the first democratic transfer of power in the African country in more than 70 years. Former world footballer of the year, George Weah, is squaring up against Vice President Joseph Boakai for the top job.
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Both of them promise to tackle poverty and corruption. They're bidding to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in a runoff vote delayed for more than a month after Boakai and another candidate alleged widespread fraud in October's first round of polls. However, the Supreme Court rejected that challenge earlier this month.
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>> So far, the election process.>> The National Elections Commission confirmed no major disruptions occurred in the runoff and voting was better organized than last time.
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>> Weah won in October with a nine point lead over Boakai, who has found it hard to convince voters he will bring change, given he worked alongside Johnson Sirleaf for 12 years. Her rule cemented peace in the West African country after Civil War ended in 2003, and brought in much needed aid.
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But critics, including many of the country's young voters, say her administration was weighed down by corruption and she did little to raise most Liberians out of dire poverty. Weah has won the hearts of mostly young people through his football performances. However, some are wary about his lack of political experience, education, and concrete policy.
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Whether those worries will trump hope for change will be answered in results expected in the next few days.