UPDATE! Liberia Swears in Her 25th Historic-President

Liberia Swears in Her 25th Historic President
George Weah/ Photo credit: Ibtimes

Winner of the Liberia’s Presidential seat, George Weah would be sworn in today Monday 22, 2018. Weah beat the Libyan Vice President Joseph Boakai to take over power from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after 12 years in office.

According to Vanguard’s report, the inauguration was scheduled to begin at 9.45 am (0945 GMT) in Samuel Kanyon Doe stadium near the capital, Monrovia, with heads of state from Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Togo expected to attend along with friends and former colleagues from his football years.

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The 51-year-old and former international football Icon would become the 25th President of the West African Country. Recall that after retiring from His football career, Weah unsuccessfully contested as Vice President alongside Winston Tubman in 2011 and in 2015 He contested for Presidential Seat, but lost to the out-going President Sirleaf.

Again, Weah was elected to the Liberian Senate on December 20, 2014.  He defeated Robert Sirleaf, son of President Sirleaf to become the first Liberian international athlete elected to represent a county in the Legislature.

It was gathered that the Congress for Democratic Change’s candidate (Weah) after winning in the first round of the 2017 election with 38.4% of the total votes, also took the lead in the second round with more than 60% of the cumulative votes against Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party.

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Apart from Playing for the Liberia National Team, Weah also played for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Marseille, during his football career.

According to face2faceafrica, Some football stars including Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o and Nigeria’s Sunday Oliseh and Taribo West also made their way to the historic ceremony as George Weah becomes the first football star to rise to the level of president of a country.

 

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