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Johnson-Sirleaf Widens Lead in Liberian Presidential Runoff


Former Liberian Finance Minister Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has widened her strong lead in the country's presidential run-off vote, moving closer to becoming Africa's first democratically-elected woman president.

With nearly 90 percent of the ballots counted, Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf leads with 59 percent of the vote. Her opponent, former soccer star George Weah, has 41 percent.

Meanwhile, election officials are investigating fraud allegations made by Mr. Weah.

His party has lodged a formal complaint with the National Election Commission, saying there was cheating, including pre-marked ballots, in Tuesday's run-off.

Supporters of Mr. Weah have held rallies at his headquarters, chanting "no Weah, no peace," despite calls for calm from the candidate.

International observers say there were minor procedural problems in the run-off, but add it was conducted overall in a positive manner with no pattern of cheating.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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