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King George Elected President

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With almost 99% of the vote counted former World Footballer of the Year and Ballon d’Or winner George Weah has been elected president of Liberia with 62% of the vote.  Running for the second time (the first was in 2005), Weah, a member of the Liberian Senate, defeated vice president Joseph Boakai in a run-off.

Weah takes over one of the poorest countries in the world and one that has been devastated by two civil wars in recent memory.  Despite his off-and-on involvement in Liberian politics since 2005 anything Weah is able to achieve during his time as president will have more to do with the goodwill that accompanies his status as a Liberian sporting here- the Liberian sporting hero- than it will with his political qualifications or experience.

Some of you may know that Weah spent a lot of time in the U.S. following his retirement in 2003 and that one of his sons, Timothy, is currently a standout on the USMNT’s U17 team.  Timothy scored a hat trick against Paraguay in last October’s U17 World Cup and is currently a member of Paris Saint-Germain’s youth academy.

Best of luck to President-elect Weah and if you’re too young to have see him play, here you go!

 

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This entry was posted on December 29, 2017 by in Off Topic, Random, The Premier League, USMNT.
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