George Weah to be sworn in with Liberian hopes sky-high
Monday January 22 2018
Liberia's president-elect and former football star George Weah arrives for a church service at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia on January 21, 2018. PHOTO | ISSOUF SANOGO | AFP
Weah will become the 25th president of the West African nation, taking power from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after 12 years, with expectations running sky-high among Liberians that he will deliver on his promises of jobs and better schools.
Heads of state from Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Togo expected to attend along with friends and former colleagues from his football years.
Experts are concerned however that hopes of tackling rampant corruption and bringing technocratic expertise into his cabinet are at risk from the need to repay favours.