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Weah maintains lead in Liberia election's early results

Former international soccer star George Weah maintained an early lead in Liberia's election Friday as the West African nation released a second round of provisional results of the vote to succeed Africa's first female president.

With 20 candidates, observers expect a runoff election. National Election Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoya has warned candidates' supporters against declaring victory until final results are announced, which must be done by Oct. 25. A candidate must get just over 50 percent to avoid a runoff.

Based on about 33 percent of the votes cast at more than 5,300 polling stations, Weah had 39.6 percent of the ballots counted. He held a slight lead over Vice...