Liberia’s President-Elect George Weah

By Lawrence Audu.

Liberia’s President-elect George Weah will today be sworn in as Liberia’s 25th President in a landmark peaceful democratic transition since 1944 taking over from Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf after 12 years in power.

The Inauguration of the former FIFA World Best Player is scheduled to take place at the Samuel Kanyon Doe stadium near the capital, Monrovia, with heads of state from Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Togo expected to attend along with friends and former colleagues from his football years.

George Weah at a campaign rally

Expectations are running sky-high among Liberians that he will deliver on his promises of jobs and better schools.

After losing his first run at the presidency to Sirleaf in 2005, he has spent the last 13 years attempting to gain the political credibility to match his wild popularity at home, becoming a senator in 2014.

Volunteers were putting the final touches to decorations and giving the streets a final lick of paint on Sunday, and many expressed hope the everyday difficulty of their lives would change.

For many, the handing over would be the first they would witness.

Liberia has been a center of a bloody civil war that claimed thousands of lives from 1989 to 2003.

See also Liberian Civil War