December 29, 2017 / 6:29 PM / a year ago

White House: Liberia transfer of power a 'major milestone'

Supporters of George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), celebrate after the announcement of the presidential election results in Monrovia, Liberia December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday congratulated Liberia on its recent presidential run-off election, calling the nation’s first democratic transition in more than 70 years “a major milestone.”

“This is Liberia’s first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected head of state to another in decades, and represents a major milestone for Liberia’s democracy,” the White House said in a statement, referring to President-elect George Weah’s victory.

Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Writing by Katanga Johnson; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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