Liberia’s Boakai confident ahead of polls

Africa's first female president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is stepping down after two six-year terms in office.

Liberia's Joseph Nyumah Boakai in Monrovia on 20 March 2017. Picture: AFP

MONROVIA - A football superstar, an ex-warlord, a Coca-Cola executive and a former model are among the presidential candidates as Liberians head to the polls on Tuesday.

Africa's first female president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is stepping down after two six-year terms in office.

Current vice-president Joseph Boakai is her Unity Party's choice to take over the reins.

Several Liberians took part on rallies ahead of the vote on Tuesday, 10 October, when they will elect a new president. Picture: Leanne de Bassompierre/EWN.

Liberians took part in rallies ahead of the vote on 10 October. Picture: Leanne de Bassompierre/EWN.

Boakai, aged 72, is convinced Liberians will vote for stability.

“The Liberians want the peace we enjoy now to continue"

Corruption is endemic in Liberia and fighting it has been a campaign promise across the board.

“We have the moral rectitude to work hard to stop corruption because our people need the resources for development."

Boakai is counting on his party’s success in maintaining peace.

But he faces stiff competition from former world football player of the year and self-styled people’s candidate, George Weah.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)