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Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led in early unofficial returns from yesterday’s election, according to a tally compiled by the Liberia Media Center today.
Johnson-Sirleaf, 72, received 152,662 of the more than 300,000 votes counted, the Monrovia-based reporters’ association said. About 1.8 million votes were cast.
Winston Tubman, a 70-year-old lawyer running under the banner of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), received 127,814 votes. Prince Yormie Johnson, a former warlord and current senator, was in third place with 39,090, according to the center’s data.
Liberia’s National Elections Commission will begin releasing provisional results tomorrow, according to Chairman James Fromoyan. A second round will be held if no candidate wins more than 50 percent.
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