Former football star George Weah (left) and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are due to face each other in the second round. BBC.

Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai on Friday acknowledged former football star George Weah’s victory in the presidential election and appealed for unity in the country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades.

According to AFP, Boakai said: “I respect the will of the people as announced by the National Electoral Commission.

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The vice president added that he had called Weah to congratulate him.

“I reject any temptation of imposing pain, hardship, agony and uncertainty,” he said. “My name will not be used as (an) excuse for one drop of human blood to be spilt in this country.”