Former Milan, PSG player George Weah elected Liberia president by wide margin

31 December, 2017, 03:38 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Former international football star Georges Weah looks on at his party's headquarters in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Friday. — AFP

Rather, he encouraged youths to learn the spirit of persistence as seen in the life of Liberia's president-elect, George Weah. Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had "a special place in the French's hearts".

Outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is at the end of her second six-year term, will transfer power to Weah in the nation's first democratic transition since 1944.

Weah responded: "I am honoured to join a new generation of heads of state".

She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak that killed almost 5,000 Liberians but was criticized for not better tackling corruption.

Weah adds that "we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa". "To investors, we say Liberia is open for business", he said.

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The expectations are high especially among young Liberians, his support base, for job creation and poverty reduction. Weah's critics have said his brief experience in politics will be a challenge for the nation.

Weah had run in the country's last two elections, winning the first round of the 2005 vote that eventually went to Sirleaf.

The former worldwide soccer star spoke at Coalition for Democratic Change party headquarters, where he vowed to tackle corruption and asked members of his party to applaud the Liberians who elected him.

Thirty-four-old Lawrence Menden, an IT professional, said he had no doubt in the ability of Weah to "take Liberia out of the woods".

Weah's rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him "King George".

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Weah played with AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, among others.

Mr Boakai has now conceded to Mr Weah and offered his congratulations. He obtained a high school diploma overseas and earned a degree from Illinois-based DeVry University.

Ekweremadu urged the former World Footballer of the Year "to reciprocate the enormous goodwill and confidence reposed in him by the good people of Liberia and the global community by running an all-inclusive government".

He has been senator for Montserrado County in Liberia after being elected in 2014.

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