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Counting under way in Liberia's presidential election with run-off likely

Vote counting was continuing across Liberia following presidential elections that are almost certain to go to a run-off.

The state-run Liberia Broadcasting System reported there will likely be a runoff based on preliminary figures seen by its correspondents in a race contested by 20 candidates.

Unofficial early results announced on Wednesday by the station favoured ex-football star George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change and Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party.

International observers said Tuesday's vote went smoothly despite late voting starts in some counties.

The new president will replace Africa's first female democratically elected leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after two six-year terms.

Final results should be known within two weeks.

If there is a run-off election it will come two weeks after that announcement.

AP

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