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Johnson-Sirleaf Leads in Liberian Presidential Run-off

Former Liberian Finance Minister Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has moved closer to becoming Africa's first democratically-elected female president, taking a strong lead in Liberia's presidential run-off.

With nearly two-thirds of the ballots counted, Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf leads with 56 percent of the votes. Her opponent, millionaire former soccer (football) star George Weah, has 44 percent.

Mr. Weah raised allegations of election fraud Wednesday, saying there were major irregularities during Tuesday's run-off election.

Election officials said Mr. Weah has not submitted any evidence to the electoral commission to support his claims.

This was Liberia's first election since 2003, when Charles Taylor stepped down as president under international pressure, ending 14 years of almost non-stop civil war.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.