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7 Things You Should Know About George Weah

24 January 2018 POLITICS World


President Weah took the oath of office soon after 13:00GMT in front of an estimated 35,000 people on Monday,  22nd of January, 2018.

Tens of thousands of people attended the inauguration at the Samuel Doe Stadium in Monrovia, with many queuing for hours to enter.

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

Mr Weah thanked his predecessor, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for bringing peace to the country after years of civil war.

 

In his inauguration speech, Mr Weah said he couldn’t offer any “quick fixes” but rather steady progress towards the goals of Liberians.

His biggest priorities, he said, would be to fight corruption and pay civil servants “a living wage,” and show the private sector that Liberia was “open for business”.

 

Cameroonian football legend Samuel Eto’o watched the historic moment, along with the presidents of Ghana, Gabon and Sierra Leone.

 

Below are seven things you should know about the Former international footballer George Weah who has now been sworn in as president of Liberia.

  • Born 1 October, 1966, grew up in a slum in Liberia’s capital

 

  • Signed by Arsene Wenger to Monaco from Cameroonian club Tonnerre Yaoundé

 

  • Made Monaco debut in 1987, went on to play for AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea

 

  • Only African to win Fifa World Player of the Year

 

  • First ran for president in 2005, losing to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

 

  • Graduated with a business degree from a US university after being accused of lacking education

 

  • Elected president in December 2017

 

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