Mokonyane to represent Zuma at George Weah's inauguration

Frederick Owens
January 23, 2018

The former leader spoke shortly after arriving in Monrovia for Monday's inauguration of Liberia's President-elect, George Weah.

Weah committed to wage a war on corruption, a pledge that was also made by his predecessor in office, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

In the 2005 race many had expected a major upset given that among the candidates, the former football star Weah had been matched against a Harvard trained former finance minister, a former World Bank official Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

"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.

Liberians Joyfully waved their flags with songs and dance trekking and queuing to the venue of the ceremony.

Weah, who will be inaugurated as president on Monday, will be held to that promise.

Weah has also worked as a United Nations goodwill ambassador while campaigning to win the presidency in Liberia. Liberia ranks 177th on the 188 countries in the Human Development Index compiled by the UN Development Programme, which assesses health, education and economic progress.

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She is credited with shoring up peace after a bloody civil conflict, but criticized for failing to tackle elite graft or do much to lift Liberians out of poverty.

Weah, 51, won more than 60% of the votes and beat incumbent Vice-President, Joseph Boakai, in a runoff election on December 26.

Witherspoon explained that the amount, approved by the transitional team comprising officials of the incoming Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and the outgoing administration, would be drawn from government's coffers.

Weah faces the challenges of a depressed export economy highly reliant on rubber and iron ore, and outsized expectations he can turn the country around within months and provide jobs for the overwhelmingly young population.

Speaking on behalf of the Superintendents Betsy Kuo Toe said, "We will remember you, Madam Speaker, for putting women in the spotlight".

The road for Weah getting to the present top of the political ladder in the quest to be president has not been easy. Localizing his statements, Liberia too is exhausted of being in dark, and can not develop in the dark.

He became involved in politics in Liberia following his retirement from football.

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