George Weah sworn in as Liberia's president

Written by  BBC

Former international footballer George Weah has been sworn in as president of Liberia.

From football pitch to State House From football pitch to State House
23
January

"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.

 

Weah thanked his predecessor, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for bringing peace to the country after years of civil war.

 

In his inauguration speech, Weah said he couldn't offer any "quick fixes" but rather steady progress towards the goals of Liberians.

 

His biggest priorities, he said, would be to fight corruption and pay civil servants "a living wage," and show the private sector that Liberia was "open for business".

 

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