Electing Peace in Liberia

The day after Christmas Liberians went to the polling stations to elect George Weah, a former international soccer player, as the new President of Liberia. Weah beat the former vice president and chief opponent, Joseph Boakai, in a run-off election. 

This article aims at recognizing Liberians and their primary role in keeping the peace, in particular the National Election Commission (NEC). This feat being even more notable as the possibility of election-related violence was substantial given the overwhelming development challenges in Liberia and its history of armed conflict.

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