The Former football star George Weah sworn in as president of Liberia 22 January 2018
Former international football star George Wean was sworn in as Liberia’s new president on Monday, in the country’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.
Weah, 51, took over from Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sir leaf, who spent 12 years at the helm, steering the West African nation away from the trauma of a civil war.
He was sworn in as president by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Pork.
The ceremony took place at a packed sports stadium near the capital, Monrovia, with several African heads of state in attendance, along with friends and former colleagues from Weah’s football years.
Crowds queued for miles to reach the stadium, singing, dancing and waving the Liberian flag as they waited.