Liberia's Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf claims victory in first postwar presidential poll

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf claimed victory Thursday in Liberia's post civil-war presidential poll, a win which would make her Africa's first-ever elected female leader if it is officially certified.

With 90.8 percent of votes counted, 59.1 of the vote was held by 67-year-old Harvard graduate Johnson-Sirleaf versus 40.9 percent won by her opponent, international soccer star George Weah.

"It's clear that the Liberian people have expressed confidence in me. They have elected me to lead the team that will bring this reform to the country and that will deliver development," she told The Associated Press. V.A.

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