It's Now Official: George Weah Is Liberia's President-Elect

Katrina Barker
December 31, 2017

'Two days ago the world saw me cry, not because I won, but for the lives of partisans who lost their lives in the struggle for change, " Weah said after being introduced by his running mate, Vice President-elect Jewel Howard-Taylor.

"We will work to relax constraints to private investment, strengthen the business, legal and regulatory environment, and protect business profits, " he said.

Vice President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating the ex-soccer star.

More African leaders are extending congratulations to the newly elected president of Liberia, George Weah.

He is set to succeed Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president, in what will be Liberia's first democratic handover in decades.

"Weah also paid tribute to Boakai, calling him 'a statesman and neighbor".

Weah adds that "we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa".

Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf steps aside.

"I refuse to subject our nation to such an experience", he said.

The expectations are high especially among young Liberians, his support base, for job creation and poverty reduction.

In a statement on yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP also commended the Liberian national electoral umpire for its internal reforms that paved the way for a credible election. Weah responded by thanking Sall for "his support and advice".

Thirty-four-old Lawrence Menden, an IT professional, said he had no doubt in the ability of Weah to "take Liberia out of the woods".

In a speech to his supporters, the Unity Party candidate said he had spoken to Weah on the phone and offered him "a hand of goodwill, friendship and gratitude" as he accepted the provisional election results.

Weah had run in the country's last two elections, winning the first round of the 2005 vote that eventually went to Sirleaf. He played for top local clubs before starting his worldwide career in Cameroon, then moved on to AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, where he became famous.

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