George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s President

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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.

Weah, 51, won more than 60% of the votes and beat incumbent Vice-President, Joseph Boakai, in a runoff election on December 26.
The short ceremony was witnessed by African heads of state and dignitaries from Senegal, Mali, Ghana and Nigeria.
Former Chelsea soccer star Didier Drogba also attended the ceremony.

Liberia's former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the new President elect George Weah are seen during his swearing-in ceremony at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, Liberia, January 22, 2018.Liberia's former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the new President elect George Weah speak during his swearing-in ceremony at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, Liberia, January 22, 2018

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