Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

George Weah sworn in as Liberia president

George Weah sworn in as Liberia president

Wear taking his oath of office.

George Weah, the former worldwide soccer star who won the presidency of Liberia last month, promised a crackdown on corruption as he was sworn in on Monday.

The venue was thronged with fans, several heads of African states, representatives of Economic Community of the West African States and the African Union, and local and global partners.

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. "I expect job creation and development", said Agnes Echoing, deputy director of Liberia's lottery authority, seated in a wheel chair. He was born in a slum in Monrovia, but found fame in worldwide football.

The president-elect, George Weah, described his election as a unifying factor in the country.

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Monrovia is highly dependent on exports of iron ore and rubber, which have recently plunged in prices. Rest assured I will not let you down.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy, Li Bin, also attended the inauguration. He will take over from President -Ellen-Johnson-Sirleaf.

He was a former World and African footballer of the year, he played in three top European leagues - England, France and Spain.

After his election, Weah said in a Facebook message, "My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation".

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