George Weah sworn in as Liberia President

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By Lorlornyofm January 22, 2018 13:27

George Weah sworn in as Liberia President

Tens of thousands of Liberians have witnessed the swearing-in of George Weah as the new president of Liberia, at a packed stadium on the outskirts of Monrovia.

A former international football legend, George Weah replaces Africa’s first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

It’s Liberia’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.

Also present are heads of state and several celebrity football players.

Scroll down through Africa Live for all this morning’s news from Monrovia.

George Weah has begun his presidency with a rousing call to all Liberians – promising to do “more than his share” in advancing the country.

However, he warned he was unable to do it alone.

Speaking at the Samuel Doe Stadium in the capital, Monrovia, he said:

I will do more than my fair share to meet your expectations – but I ask you to meet mine, for I cannot do this alone.”

Mr Weah also used his inaugural speech to praise Liberia’s strong ties with countries like the US and China, stressing their importance in helping reach the country’s full potential.

He also spoke of the European Union, telling the tens of thousands who had gathered to watch him become president today that the continent would “always have a special place in my heart”.

Mr Weah played football at clubs in France and the UK during the late 1980s and 1990s, becoming the first African to win the coveted Fifa World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or.

Source: BBC

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By Lorlornyofm January 22, 2018 13:27
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