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Liberia: George Weah sworn in as President

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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The former football star, George Weah has been sworn in as the new president of Liberia taking over from the continent’s first democratically elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

This is the first time in over 70 years that Liberia is witnessing the peaceful transfer of power from one government to the other after a peaceful electoral process.

George Weah will now serve as the 25th president of the West African nation as hopes are high for him to transform the country by creating jobs and providing improved social amenities after taking his oath of office.

President Weah taking his oath of office. Photo: Twitter / Jennifer O’Mahony /AFP

Thousands of Liberians mostly young people thronged the Samuel Kanyon Doe stadium near the capital, Monrovia for a ceremony which was witnessed by several heads of state from Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Togo.

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Weah’s former football colleagues and were also in attendance to support him on his big day.

President Weah sitting before taking his oath of office. Photo: Twitter / Jennifer O’Mahony /AFP

President Weah beat the former vice president, Joseph Boakai in last year’s elections after failing in two previous attempts to be president.

Weah on Saturday told journalists that “I am a human being, I strive to be excellent, and I can be successful”.

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“When I work hard I believe what I believe in and I showed I could persevere,” he added.

Liberia was founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century.



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