Outgoing Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued an executive order establishing a joint presidential transition team with George Weah set to be named the country's new leader.
Madam Sirleaf issued the executive order to ensure a proper and orderly transfer of executive power, the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday night.
The statement came just when it became clear that the former footballer Weah was coasting to an emphatic win after grabbing 13 out of the 15 counties.
The transition team shall include the minister of state for presidential affairs, minister of justice, minister of foreign affairs, the minister of finance and development planning, governor of the central bank of Liberia, minister of internal affairs, minister of defense and the director of the executive protection service.
Liberians voted in a presidential run-off on Tuesday, drawn between retired soccer star George Weah, 51, and Vice President Joseph Boakai.
Weah won the first round on Oct. 10, beating Vice President Boakai, 73, by a 38 percent to 30 percent margin. They’re battling to succeed Sirleaf, who’s due to step down in January.