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Ex-FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah elected President of Liberia

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20 days ago - Thursday 12/28/17 - 3:39:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Former Chelsea, Manchester City and AC Milan striker George Weah will be the next president of Liberia.

Weah, 51, became the first non-European player to win the Ballon d'Or in 1995 - just one of many achievements over a prolific 18-year professional career that ended in 2003.

He entered politics after his retirement and had been serving as a senator in Liberia's parliament.

His victory was announced by Liberia's National Elections Commission on Thursday - it said that with 98.1% of ballots counted, Weah had won 61.5% of the vote.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/4...
20 days ago - Thursday 12/28/17 - 4:02:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
That link only really talks about his sports achievements.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...

Also it's good that they're going to have a peaceful transfer of power finally, but uh...this seems like a problem.

"Weah’s critics, however, say he has offered few concrete policy proposals. His choice of running mate has also raised eyebrows: Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of Charles Taylor, a former president of Liberia who is serving 50 years in a British prison for war crimes in neighboring Sierra Leone."

Celebrity who wins on name recognition and has no political background and no real concrete policy proposals? What could possibly go wrong...
20 days ago - Thursday 12/28/17 - 4:04:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh whoops, I missed that he was in their parliament.

Still, the quotes from people...

“Success for George Weah is victory for the whole country,”
“When you feel sick for some time and you receive proper medication - that is how I feel now. He will be good for our country. He is King George!”

sounds a lot more like a cult of personality than anything.
20 days ago - Thursday 12/28/17 - 5:02:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
i hope he succeeds. the people of liberia really need something to go right for them, knowing their brutal history.
20 days ago - Thursday 12/28/17 - 5:16:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's pretty hard to say I hope he succeeds when I don't even know anything he wants to do. But just the peaceful transfer of democratic power is a huge step for the country.
20 days ago - Thursday 12/28/17 - 6:52:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
The fact that he isn't a former military commander is a huge step for the country.
19 days ago - Thursday 12/28/17 - 7:59:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well neither is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to be fair. I'm sure there are things to criticize her presidency for, but overall, it seems like she's been an excellent leader for the past decade+.
18 days ago - Saturday 12/30/17 - 4:05:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well this is the first and last time the country is going to be in international news



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