Liberia’s President-elect George Weah, a former football star turned politician, has vowed to fight against corruption.
Mentioning the incumbent President Johnson Sirleaf long tenure stagnated with numerous allegations of high-profile scandals, Mr. Weah said, “Those looking to cheat the Liberian people through corruption will have no place.”
Félicitations à George Weah pour sa brillante élection et à l'ensemble du peuple libérien pour le chemin parcouru vers la paix et la réconciliation. Congrats Mister George.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 29, 2017
The Peace laureate Johnson Sirleaf, who also happened to be the first female president of Liberia, lost her momentum after her presidency was tarnished by the series of allegations.
President-elect Weah addressed the political opponents, “We are not enemies. We welcome you with open arms as we try to build our country.”
Congratulations to the people of Liberia on the successful election of their new President, Mr. George Weah.
Mr. Weah’s election represents a victory for both him and the Liberian people, and I hope the new president rises to the occasion and leads Liberia to prosperity.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) December 30, 2017
“Two days ago the world watched me cry. I did not cry because I won. I cried that many people lost their lives in the struggle for change.”
Mr. Weah won the Presidential run-off defeating his opponent Mr. Joseph Boakai with more than 60% of the vote.
His jubilant supporters celebrated his massive election victory in the capital Monrovia.
Mr. Weah will succeed the President Sirleaf in the first democratic handover of Liberian leadership in decades.
A triumphant George Weah said in twitter the victory was ensured, “My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation.”
My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation. I measure the importance and the responsibility of the immense task which I embrace today. Change is on.
— George Weah (@GeorgeWeahOff) December 28, 2017
“I measure the importance and the responsibility of the immense task which I embrace today. Change is on.”
His opponent Mr. Boakai conceded victory and congratulated him over a phone call.
Raised in Liberian slums, Mr. Weah has so far been the only African footballer to have both Ballon d’Or and Fifa World Player of the Year awards.
He starred top European football clubs including Paris St-Germain (PSG) and AC Milan. In his brief stays in England, he also starred for Manchester City and Chelsea.
We knew George Weah way before he became President-elect of Liberia 🇱🇷 😃😃😃
Congrats to the PSG and world football legend on the latest chapter of his brilliant career!!! pic.twitter.com/19sYefLzZg
— PSG English (@PSG_English) December 28, 2017
He entered into the Liberian politics after his retirement in 2002 and has been serving as a Senator even the Liberian parliament.