A former soccer star is leading the first round of voting in Africa’s oldest republic

Former soccer star George Weah took an early lead in Liberia’s poll, putting him ahead of his main rival, vice president Joseph Boakai. According to preliminary results released by the electoral commission, Weah was leading in most of the 15 counties, even though that represented a small sample of the total votes.

If neither candidate garners more than 50% of the total vote, then a second round runoff will take place on Nov. 7. The commission has until Oct. 25 to announce the final...

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