Soccer star Weah poised to win Liberia’s presidency

AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh People wait to cast their votes during a Presidential runoff election in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday Young Liberians went straight from all-night Christmas celebrations to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election between a former international soccer star and the vice president to replace Africa's first female head of state.

MONROVIA, Liberia — Former international soccer star George Weah was poised to win Liberia’s presidency with a significant lead and more than 98 percent of votes counted, according to provisional results released Thursday, as the West African nation prepared for its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.