Elected since December 2017, the African football legend and current President of Liberia, George Weah has revealed on Monday, his intention regarding the next presidential election in his country.

Meanwhile he is accused of having kept very few of his electoral promises, the only African Ballon d’Or to date, George Weah reconverted into politician, announced Monday, January 30, 2023, his candidacy for the next election scheduled for next October.

“My dear fellow citizens, I will be coming to you shortly to ask you to renew my term, a mandate that you gave me six years ago,” he said in parliament on Monday.

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George Weah, 56, promised a second “term full of opportunities, a term for transformation, a term for development”, but also for “consolidation” of achievements.

As a reminder, candidate for the 2005 Liberian presidential election, George Weah failed in the second round of voting against Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, even though he had come first in the first round. It was not until the end of 2017 that the footballer converted to politician was able to achieve his goal.

Last year, the United States imposed sanctions on three Liberian government officials, including Weah’s chief of staff, for what it said was their ongoing involvement in public corruption.

In 2018, a corruption scandal in which the West African country lost $100m in newly printed central bank notes sparked widespread allegations of misuse of public funds within Weah’s administration.

Source: News Agencies