PHOTOS: George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s president

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Former international footballer George Weah has been sworn in as president of Liberia.

“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.

It is Liberia’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.

Mr Weah thanked his predecessor, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for bringing peace to the country after years of civil war.

Tens of thousands of people attended the inauguration at the Samuel Doe Stadium in Monrovia, with many queuing for hours to enter.

Liberians cheer as they stand in line to enter the inauguration off the President-elect, George Weah, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe stadium, in Monrovia, Liberia, 22 January 2018.Image copyrightEPA
Liberians cheer as they stand in line to enter the inauguration off the President-elect, George Weah, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe stadium, in Monrovia, Liberia, 22 January 2018.Image copyrightEPA

President Weah took the oath of office soon after 13:00GMT in front of an estimated 35,000 people.

Liberia's new President George Weah raises his hand during the swearing-in ceremony at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, Liberia, January 22, 2018.Image copyrightREUTERS
Liberia's former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the new President elect George Weah are seen during his swearing-in ceremony at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, Liberia, January 22, 2018.Image copyrightREUTERS

Liberia’s outgoing President Sirleaf attended the ceremony. Mr Weah thanked her for “laying the foundations on which we can now stand in peace”.

Liberia's former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the new President elect George Weah speak during his swearing-in ceremony at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, Liberia, January 22, 2018Image copyrightREUTERS
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Seven things about George Weah:

PSG George Weah (R) kicks the ball during the Champions league match Spartak Moscow - Paris-Saint-Germain, on September 28, 1994, in Moscow.Image copyrightAFP
  • Born 1 October, 1966, grew up in a slum in Liberia’s capital
  • Signed by Arsene Wenger to Monaco from Cameroonian club Tonnerre Yaoundé
  • Made Monaco debut in 1987, went on to play for AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea
  • Only African to win Fifa World Player of the Year
  • First ran for president in 2005, losing to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • Graduated with a business degree from a US university after being accused of lacking education
  • Elected president in December 2017

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