Football star George Weah was sworn in as President of Liberia Monday January 22, in the country’s first democratic transfer of power for more than 70 years.
Weah, a decorated football star, took over from Africa’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Liberians of all ages formed long lines outside Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium, near the capital, Monrovia, to watch Weah’s inauguration.

President of the Republic of Liberia, George Opong Weah

“I have spent my life in stadiums but I’ve never felt like this,” Weah said in his inaugural address, captured by Pleasures Magazine’s Saryon Korpo.
Weah, 51, won more than 60% of the votes and beat incumbent Vice-President, Joseph Boakai, in a runoff election on December 26.

President George Opong Weah and his Vice, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor

The short ceremony was witnessed by African heads of state and dignitaries from Senegal, Mali, Ghana and Nigeria.

Ex President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and President George Opong Weah with wife Madam Clar Weah

Weah won the first round in October with 38.4% of the vote, while Boakai received 28.8%, the National Elections Commission said.
Because neither candidate garnered more than 50% of the vote, a runoff was initially scheduled for November 7.

Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senator Philips Tanimu Aduda

Ex Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Nigerian delegation

Former head of state, Abdulsalam Abubakar and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi

R-L: President Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Ghana) and President Macky Sall of Senegal

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Ex Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

 

Two former presidents of Ghana, John Mahama, JJ Rawlings and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

 

 

President Bongo of Gabon and President Akufo-Addo

Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone