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George Weah Sworn In As Liberian President

George Weah Sworn In As Liberian President


Former football star George Weah has been sworn in as president of Liberia on Monday, completing the country’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944. He was sworn in as president by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Korkpor, at a sports stadium near the capital, Monrovia.

Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who steered the country for the past 12 years, away from the trauma of a civil war, handed over to Weah.

The presidents of Gabon, Ghana and Sierra Leone, along with friends and fellow African football stars, including Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o, watched as he took the historic oath of office.

Thousands of people queued waving the Liberian flag as they waited for their hero, who rose from the slums of Monrovia to the nation’s highest office.

“I have spent many years of my life in stadiums, but today is a feeling like no other,” Weah said, as he thanked Sirleaf for “laying the foundations on which we can now stand in peace.”

According to Weah, his first priorities would be to root out corruption and pay civil servants “a living wage,” and encourage the private sector. “United, we are certain to succeed as a nation, divided we are certain to fall,” he declared.

Weah was crowned the world’s best player by FIFA and won the coveted Ballon d’Or prize, the only African to have achieved this feat.


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January 22nd, 2018

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