New York, Dec 30 (AFP) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today congratulated George Weah on his victory in Liberia’s presidential election and praised the peaceful conduct of the vote. Also Read - Siddharth Chatterjee of India Takes Over As Top UN Diplomat In China

Guterres “applauds all Liberians for the successful completion of the elections process, which was conducted in a peaceful environment,” a statement from the UN chief’s spokesman said. Also Read - India Will Not Shy Away From Raising Its Voice Against Enemies of Humanity Like Terrorism: Ambassador to UN

Liberia’s election board certified Weah as the winner of the election on Friday, marking the country’s first peaceful transfer of power after two civil wars. Also Read - Human Rights Day 2020: Know History, Significance And Theme Of This Day

Weah, a former international football star, defeated Vice President Joseph Boakai in the run-off vote.

Weah is due to be sworn in on January 22, following Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who in 2006 took over the country founded by freed US slaves.

Boakai conceded defeat on Friday and said he had called Weah to congratulate him. (AFP)

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