Thousands converge in Liberia for George Weah’s swearing-in

by ISMAIL AKWEI

President-elect George Weah

Thousands of Liberian citizens, diplomats, international footballers have converged at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside the capital Monrovia, to witness the inauguration of ex-footballer George Weah as the 25th president of Liberia.

The heads of state present include Ghana’s Nana Akufo Addo, Guinea’s Alpha Conde, Sierra Leone’s Ernest Bai Koromah, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, Faure Gnassingbé of Togo, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Republic, President Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea Bissau, Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and Malian president Ibrahim Boubakar Keita.

Some football stars including Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o and Nigeria’s Sunday Oliseh and Taribo West also made their way to the historic ceremony as George Weah becomes the first football star to rise to the level of president of a country.

Thousands of Liberians queued outside the stadium since Sunday to secure seats to witness the swearing-in of the football star turned president.  51-year-old Weah won the first round of the presidential election with 38.4% of the vote and won the second round with 61% of votes against outgoing Vice President Joseph Boakai.

Weah will be sworn in with his Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor who has been incarcerated for war crimes.

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari

Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Guinea President Alpha Conde

Ivory Coast President -Alassane Ouattara

Sierra Leon President Ernest Bai Koroma

Togo President Faure Gnassingbé

President of Congo Republic Denis Sassou Nguesso

 

 

President José Mário Vaz of Guinea Bissou

Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba

 

Mali President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

Footballer Ivorian Footbal legend Chelsea legend Didier Yves Drogba

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameroon Football Striker Samuel Eto

Nigerian Football Manager Sunday Oliseh

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