George Weah takes oath of office

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Football legend, George Weah, was on Monday sworn in as the 24th president of the Republic of Liberia, replacing Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who had been in office for the past 12 years.

Weah took his oath of office at exactly noon inside the 35,000 capacity Samuel Kanyon Doe sports complex in Monrovia, capital of the country.

He was sworn in as President by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Korkpor.

No fewer than eight African presidents witnessed the inauguration at the packed-full stadium. President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Former colleagues from Weah’s football years were also on hand to witness the ceremony.

Weah has promised to eradicate corruption in the country of four million people and bolster the weak economy. He also vowed to make prosperity and job creation the hallmarks of his presidency.

The inauguration threw the people of Liberia into wild jubilation as the last peaceful transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents took place in Liberia in 1944, when President Edwin Barclay was replaced by William Tubman.

Crowds queued for kilometres (miles) to reach the stadium, singing, dancing and waving the Liberian flag as they waited.

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