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Liberia expects provisional election results Thursday

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf casts her vote in Bomi County

Liberians have gathered in masses to elect a new president and legislature, an election that for the first time in more than 70 years will see one democratically elected government hand power to another. She led the country's recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided it through the Ebola crisis in 2014-15 that killed almost 5,000 Liberians.

"As a longstanding friend, the United States applauds the people of Liberia for exercising their democratic right to vote in the historic presidential and legislative elections", said a statement from US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. Sirleaf is a United Methodist and the first female head of state in Africa.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, early on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 joined the queue at precisely 8:20a.m.in Fefeh Town, Bomi County to cast her vote.

"We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results".

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Voters commended her leadership but said they were ready for change. Final results should be known within two weeks.

The election turnout was impressive, especially among younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh of the USA -funded National Democratic Institute, which was monitoring the elections.

The retired proficient footballer turned politician who was a senator in his home country before his emergence as the successor of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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