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twenty five kilometers to leave her. number. this is d w news live from berlin a former soccer star becomes president george will elected liberia's next leader his supporters have been celebrating into the night in the capital monrovia but we have now faces huge expectations can he tackle corruption can he boost
a flagging economy we'll get more from our correspondent in monrovia. also on the program switches to campaign mode after president dissolved parliament with elections set for march next year analysts are predicting a hung parliament and more instability to go to rome for analysis of the situation . hello and welcome my name is christopher spring a thanks for joining us liberia is poised for its first peaceful transition of power in over seventy years that's off to form a soccer star george weah won a landslide victory in the west african countries presidential runoff liberia is africa's oldest modern republic but its last democratic transfer of power came in one thousand nine hundred forty four the country was devastated you'll remember by a fourteen year civil war that ended in two thousand and three.
to the cheers of jubilant supporters liberia's new president tears of joy. george weah has waited a long time for this moment after past election defeats this time he's won a landslide victory. supporters on the streets celebrate the triumph of the rags to riches candidate at. the ohio certainly the korean is not a ticket to own up to it but it is their mandate to override such a charge a reality president the often not the real the he. has long been a familiar face to liberians born in a slum he shot to soccer stardom in the one nine hundred ninety s. playing for europe's top clubs since retiring he's been active in liberian politics
for over a decade. in this year's election he stood as a candidate of change running against outgoing vice president joseph barak i. we as promises to fight corruption and boost the economy went down well with voters well enough to dispel concerns about his running mate jewel howard taylor the ex-wife of former president and convicted war criminal charles taylor. despite rumors that taylor was pulling the strings there was only one name on everyone's lips when the results were announced the old was that we will take the reins from incumbent president ellen johnson sirleaf in january it will be the first democratic transition of power in the country in over seventy years. ok we're going to take you to the capital monrovia
now standing by for us that evelyn. evelyn a big victory for george weah what worked in his favor. well i don't want to seem joy should we as failure is that this election this year all people will say he has gained the support of charity of the coaches young people and these young people have has so many expectations like a nation and secondly judge we have people say yes good is still one of president so you think about president judge we are use of us also has interest in working with people to make his government went better especially when it comes to join his government so he has the support of president sami that is then a good thing for him ok. what you're saying he won the young vote the question is what is he promising liberia's wrong young his his critics say his campaign offered very few concrete solutions to the country's problems what can we actually expect
from him now. that has been the ultimate point we have has not played these series how you will go about these different things about corruption he has stressed or money or about you should about you know education for your people that's why sure you said gladney is going to good systems now provide free education for the country's population and especially the young people but these different systems that you will put into play is going to show that there is asses to education which is a serious problem the liberian he says you have to explain the system and it will see those that don't provide the quality and free educational system corruption yes promise to fight corruption but how this is where critics are still criticizing him that he should glad to tell the lumbering people how he will go about with these developing issues does develop the genders of the country ok and evelyn and one
other thing that was quite controversial during his campaign his running mate the former wife of charles taylor the worst of liberia's former warlords during its fourteen year civil war is there any suggestion that those warlords could regain influence in liberia politics. one of the issues have then during the campaign when speculation that president to know who's not you know he is a stream but just before the election there's someone last i would enter government into still positions in his senate so i'm getting appointed position but c.d.c. has several beautifully that in more way from one president to another is going to have any influence in liberia election or into his government but i don't know it is also claimed that he has been having a conversation with her from one precedent doing the campaign peter but it's something that everybody is working out to see and to have just not do as well and
that of where they are for president bill are that a long way from one president taylor is going to have any influence on any take in congress politics but there are one laws already in government that are also at the senate where it's in the till and is currently ok so some serious challenges there for the new president evelyn many thanks for that evelyn had a sad day reporting for us from monrovia. time now to look at some of the other stories making news around the world in new york at least twelve people have died in a fire in an apartment building the city's mayor calling the blaze in the bronx neighborhood the worst seen in new york in a quarter of a century a one year old child was reported to be among the victims. in while in india at least fourteen people have been killed by a large blaze in the financial capital mumbai officials say the fire started in a popular restaurant and quickly spread through four story building or than fifty
people were injured. in peru police have been clashing with people demonstrating against a pardon granted to former president to for him already thousands of people taking to the streets of lima in the biggest protest yet since the popular was announced for he modi had served less than half of a twenty five year prison sentence for corruption and human rights abuses. apple has apologized for its decision to secretly slow down some old i phones the company saying the move was aimed at addressing problems associated with older batteries critics however have accused apple of slowing down the phones to encourage people to buy new models as part of its apology the us company is slashing prices on battery replacement. now people in italy will be heading to the polls in march of next year to elect a new government that's off the president said joe month that dissolves parliament
on the day the move was expected as the country seeks to break its political deadlock but analysts now believe the march election will do little more than produce further instability. italy's president signing the document that will dissolve the country's parliament and pave the way for new elections. he took step after talks with senior political leaders it was not unexpected the current government of prime minister paolo gentil loney has completed its term but the move could spark a period of political uncertainty as a poll is unlikely to produce a clear winner. earlier in a traditional end of year address the prime minister defended his government's record for most of what he said they had put the economy back on track and were managing the refugee crisis. through the transition from criminal migration to the management of migration is possible if lee is proving it with
a one third reduction in arrival of this year and a seventy percent reduction in arrivals from july until now. but migration is likely to be one of the most divisive issues of the election campaign. in italy has been one of the main destinations for refugees trying to reach europe in their presence or spill support for populists such as the conservative alliance including former prime minister silvio berlusconi. a conviction for tax fraud will prevent him from becoming prime minister but despite his reputation among ordinary italians as the king of banga banga he's still vowing to make a comeback of sorts. of you know how the polls suggest the biggest party to enter parliament to may well be the anti establishment five star movement. their views on a host of issues such as the euro zone membership are unclear. the third main group
in the contest is the incumbent democratic party led by former prime minister gordon see. their support has been hurt by splits in the party in a number of scandals. but the expectation is that no party will secure a parliamentary majority. and that negotiations for a new government could go on for months leaving a vacuum at the heart of the eurozone thirteen largest economy. have kept more on this now from correspondent philip will in rome philip permit looks likely version of that the march election will produce a hung parliament an inconclusive election possibly further instability the italians they don't seem to be particularly worried about that prospect. that mr gentil only in-cell. yesterday said it really was accustomed to dealing with political instability and effectively there wasn't too much to be worried about.
it he himself is remaining with full powers. the president has dissolved parliament early to preserve the government from the risk of a defeat in parliament so that he will there have a strong position and prestige to hand over possibly long a transition period so. he says it really is accustomed to this and in a natural fact part italian governments have been very stable in keep policies towards europe and nato for example so nothing to worry about from here ok that's the italian perspective philip per to what about the european perspective what impact might an inconclusive and italian election have on the rest of europe. is certainly a little easier if your partners may feel somewhat jittery and even more so
international investors who. will not be happy at the prospect of prolonged uncertainty particularly a long period of horse trading after an inconclusive election. certainly. well it's again though the fact that the most likely outcome at the end of the day is a new grand coalition very similar to the one that has been governing entering this last legislature will probably be seen as reassuring both by investors and italy's european partners. the most worrying prospect of all probably would be a clear victory by the five star movement and just abolition of the anti europe till relatively recent julie and to euro so probably the outcome will be what most people will expect and would hope for ok philip many thanks for that well
in the in row. english football lost or manage our same vanga has equal the record set by former manchester united boss alex ferguson rang out taking charge last night of his eight hundred and tenth premier league game the sixty eight year old frenchman achieving that featuring his side's three two win at crystal palace german defender scott brown was duffy grabbing arsenal's open opener with chiles alexa sanchez scoring the other two goals. bitter cold weather is gripping much of the northern united states at the moment it's expected also to stay put for days to come in the town of hamburg in new york state i see temperatures have seen parts of lake erie freezing of with ice also forming around the surrounding trees and benches.
a quick reminder for you of story at this hour in liberia former george weah has been elected president it's the first time in over seventy years that the west african country will see a transition of power from one democratically elected leader to another. it watching the news in berlin at the top of the in the meantime you can always get the latest updates from our website that's dot com or just follow us on twitter and on facebook up next here a documentary on the checkered history the hum carrying capital budapest. germany is a strong country. that we have achieved so much we can do this and do something him we must overcome it.