Liberia goes to the polls for the presidential and parliamentary elections on Tuesday at 08:00 GMT.

Twenty presidential candidates, including incumbent George Weah, are competing to lead the country of five million.

Weah, a former international football star, rode to victory on a wave of optimism in 2017, bringing hope to a country that had been devastated by two back-to-back civil wars between 1989 and 2003, and the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016. 

His election was an historic event, marking the country’s first democratic transfer to power since 1944. 

He promised to tackle poverty, create jobs, build roads and end corruption.

Nearly five years after he took office in 2018, the former Ballon d’Or winner remains popular in some parts of the country, but anger is growing over persistently high levels of corruption and the cost of living.

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