Former international footballer George Weah has been sworn in as president of Liberia. Tens of thousands of people attended the inauguration at the Samuel Doe Stadium in Monrovia, with many queuing for hours to enter.
“I have spent many years of my life in stadiums, but today is a feeling like no other,” President Weah told crowds in the capital Monrovia.
It is Liberia’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.
Liberia’s outgoing President Sirleaf attended the ceremony. Weah thanked her for “laying the foundations on which we can now stand in peace” after years of civil war.
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