George Weah Takes Oath Of Office, Becomes Liberia’s 24th President

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George Weah: Former Footballer Elected President Of Liberia

Football legend, George Weah, has been sworn in as the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia.

Weah took his oath of office at exactly noon inside the 35,000 capacity Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia.

At least eight African Heads of States, including President Muhammadu Buhari represented by Vice Present Yemi Osinbajo, and international soccer stars witnessed the ceremony.

The inauguration threw the people of Liberia into wild jubilation as the last peaceful transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents took place in Liberia in 1944, when President Edwin Barclay was replaced by William Tubman.

Weah replaces Africa’s first female head of state, economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Meanwhile, the striker-turned politician has promised to eradicate corruption in the country of four million people and bolster the weak economy.

Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, is highly dependent on exports of iron ore and rubber, which have recently plunged in prices. The country is also trying to overcome the effects of the Ebola outbreak, which left more than 4,000 people dead.

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world with 80 percent of the population living on less than $1.25 a day.

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