Liberia President-elect Calls for Foreign Investments

Former international football star Georges Weah looks on at his party's headquarters in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Friday. — AFP

The former Chelsea and AC Milan star won the first round of the Presidential elections in October with 38.4% of the vote, against the 28.8% of the incumbent vice-president, Mr Boakai failure to secure an outright majority forced a run-off.

Official confirmation of the result is expected in the coming hours.

"George Weah gave his first public address as Liberia's president-elect Saturday, telling potential investors that the nation is 'open and ready for business" and calling on Liberians who live overseas to come home.

"Partisans looking to cheat the Liberian people through the menace of corruption will have no place in my administration, " he declared.

"Best wishes for the success of President-elect George Weah, and Vice President-elect, Jewel Taylor".

Weah's critics have argued that his lack of political experience makes him unequipped for Liberia's top job. His win marks Liberia's first democratic handover in more than 70 years.

'To investors, we say Liberia is open and ready for business, " he said.




Tweeting in French in response to congratulations from French President Emmanuel Macron, he added that "we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa".

Weah was declared the victor of Liberia's presidential election run-off on Friday, the country's elections commission confirmed.

Mr Weah, 51, grew up in poverty in Liberia.

- He defeated the country's incumbent Vice President to emerge victor of the country's presidential run off election. He ran as the vice presidential candidate with diplomat Winston Tubman in the 2011 poll; they boycotted the runoff that granted Sirleaf her second term. Weah responded by thanking Sall for "his support and advice".

He is set to take office in January.

Benyan Kota, who listened to Weah's speech on the radio, said he appreciated the statements about tackling corruption and about inclusion. He played for top local clubs before starting his worldwide career in Cameroon, then moved on to AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, where he became famous.

He has been senator for Montserrado County in Liberia after being elected in 2014.

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