It’s official, footballing legend, and now President George Weah was officially certified as the President of Liberia today by the Liberian National Election Commission. His certification officially marks the peaceful handover of power from his predecessor Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, the first African head of state in the modern sense.
President George Weah succeeded his predecessor President Johnson following run-off victory against his opponent, previously Vice-President Joseph Boakai in a tightly contested race. He is now set to serve the first of his eligible two-terms of his presidency. Many family, friends, and other well-wishers were in attendance to mark the official transferring of power.
As the dust settles, campaign promotional items are taken down, Liberians and the world at large wait anxiously to see if the ex-FIFA Player of the Year Award winner is up for the task. His administration faces a daunting task in not only continuing the gains of progress from his predecessor but also charting his own path of success.
Liberians continues to recover from the dust of war that essentially tore apart the country, displacing millions of its youngest and brightest, and destroying critical infrastructure. Of course, in not too distant memory was the crippling effects of the Ebola epidemic. The country continues to be largely dependent on foreign aid. Will this footballing legend leave a positive legacy on his tiny country of former slaves from the United States? Is he competent enough to be president? What challenges will he face? What do Liberians want him to change?
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