The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has sent a congratulatory message to George Weah for emerging president of Liberia.
But as Weah failed to secure an outright majority, a run-off was scheduled for Tuesday and news broke on Thursday (28 December) that Weah had won the contest, to scenes of joy in the capital, Monrovia, where he grew up.
Liberia went to second round of voting after none of the 20 presidential candidates in the November election garnered the required 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast.
Almost 2.2 million voters are choosing between the 51-year-old Mr Weah and 73-year-old Joseph Boakai, the current vice president.
The election commission said voter turnout was 56 percent - lower than the October 10 election in which Boakai and Weah were the top vote-getters, qualifying them for the runoff election.
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The 51-year-old had previously stood for presidential election in 2005 but lost to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
But as his career blossomed during the early nineties the country of his birth was descending into chaos, in two civil wars which lasted until 2003 and the overthrow of dictator Charles Taylor.
The former football star's campaign - under the Coalition for Democratic Change banner - appealed to the youth vote, while incumbent Vice President Mr Boakai was seen as old and out of touch.
Taylor is serving his 50-year prison sentence in the United Kingdom for war crimes related to the conflict in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
He entered politics after his retirement from the game in 2002 and is now a senator in Liberia's parliament.