Former international football star George Weah was sworn in as Liberia’s 25th president on Monday (January 22) in front of thousands of cheering supporters in the country’s capital.
The 51-year-old took his oath of office before the country’s Chief Justice of the Supreme court Francis Korkpor in the presence of African heads of states, dignitaries and supporters gathered at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia.
Weah succeeds Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was the first female elected head of state in Africa and ruled Liberia for 12 years.
Weah grew up in Clara Town slum in Monrovia and went on to become the only African to win FIFA World Player of the Year, starring for AC Milan, Paris St Germain and Chelsea.
His rags-to-riches story helped him tap into dissatisfaction with Johnson Sirleaf’s 12-year tenure. She drew a line under years of civil war but drew criticism for failing to root out corruption or persistent poverty.