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Former African Balon D'Or Winner Becomes President

Former football star George Weah, was sworn in as the president of Liberia on Monday, thus completing Liberia's first transition between leaders elected democratically since three generations.

The last time Liberia had a transition of power between leaders democratically-elected  was in 1944, when William Tubman was elected.
 Tubman died in office in 1971. Since then, no living president has handed power to another after a democratic election.

Succeeding Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at age 51, Weah feeling excited, exclaims that the feeling of being sworn in at a stadium surpasses the years he has spent in a stadium and then thanks Johnson Sirleaf for laying peaceful foundations.

During his football career, Weah played for series of European teams in the 90's and was given the world best player title by FIFA, and won the long yearned Ballon d'Or prize. He still remains the only African to have achieved this.
George Weah awarded with the Balon d'Or prize

Present at a stadium near the capital, Monrovia were he was sworn in were presidents of some African nations, along with friends and fellow African football stars including the legend Samuel Eto'o from Cameroon. They all watched as he took the historic oath of office on a bible held by his wife, Clar (Jamaican born).

George Weah

"Together we owe our citizens clarity on fundamental issues such as the land beneath their feet, freedom of speech and how national resources and responsibilities are going to be shared," Weah said.

Weah stated that his first priorities would be to lunch a national debate on the fair sharing of resources  and fish out corruption in government institutions.
Continuing his speech, Weah talks about corruption as a habit among Liberians and declares that he has an "overwhelming mandate" to end it.

More than 60 percent of Liberia's 4.6-million citizens are under 25, and many voted for Weah in the belief he would quickly boost employment. Because he understands this, that he needs to satisfy the expectations of Liberia's large youth population, Weah promises to seek more investment into the private sector.

Liberian political analyst, Moses Khan, talks about the president giving Liberian business to Liberians.
" If the president can make that dream a reality he will fully get the hearts of all Liberians. Let us hope that this is not just a political statement."

George Weah has started working on restricting spending and unusually high expectations from the population, as well as a depressed market for the country's main exports of rubber and iron ore.

"We have arrived here on the blood, sweat and tears and suffering of so many of our citizens, too many of whom died long before real equality," he stated, evidently referring to the hundreds of thousands of people killed in Liberia's 1989-2003 civil war.
United, we are certain to succeed as a nation, divided we are certain to fall," he declared, urging the public to be ready  for the work that lay ahead, with the wounds of the past only now beginning to heal.

Many Liberians have rekindled their hope through Weah's determination in marking a change in history.
"He came from nowhere but today he became a president. It means a lot for me and I'm so happy to witness this in my own country," said Suah Collins, selling drinks at the stadium.