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African Leaders Praise Liberian Run-Off Election as Free and Fair


African leaders have praised Liberia's presidential run-off election last week as peaceful, transparent, free and fair.

The presidents of Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana and other countries issued a statement Sunday lauding Liberia's first post-war election.

With 99 percent of the votes counted, former Liberian Finance Minister Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has won about 60 percent of the vote, to 40 percent for former soccer (football) star George Weah.

But Mr. Weah's party has called for a re-run of the poll, charging electoral fraud.

The National Election Commission says it will hear Mr. Weah's complaints of election irregularities on Wednesday. International observers say there is no evidence of widespread fraud.

Despite Mr. Weah's charges, Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf has reached out to him saying she wants the two candidates to work together in the best interests of the country.

Final results are expected this week.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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