Former football player sworn in as Liberia's president

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Abubakar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the development was another testimony of the rapid growth and development of democracy in the continent.

Former football star George Weah is to be sworn into office on Monday as Liberia's new president, taking over leadership of the impoverished nation from Africa's first female president. Weah was sworn in with his Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor who has been incarcerated for war crimes.

"Liberia is a sister country to Nigeria, and during the Liberian crisis, the world knows the sacrifice Nigeria made in this country in terms of human and material resources".

The invite-only match against the Armed Forces of Liberia, packed with diplomatic corp and press, was a relatively muted affair in comparison to the campaign trail, which attracted die-hard supporters who propelled the country's biggest star to power. But 12 years later, many feel let down by her actions.

Liberia Weah
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His swearing in marks Liberia's first peaceful, democratic transition of power in over seven decades.

The oath-taking ceremony was held at the country's largest sports stadium, Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in the capital.

Among the top dignitaries from Ghana that graced the occasion are His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, immediate past President John Dramani Manama and his brother, Ibrahim Mahama as well as former President Jerry John Rawlings.

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