George Weah sworn in as Liberian president

George Weah said his first priority was to maintain peace in Liberia which was rigged by more than a decade of civil war.

Liberia's President-elect and former football star George Weah attends his swearing-in ceremony on 22 January 2018 in Monrovia. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - George Weah has been sworn in Liberia’s new president.

The first footballer elected to lead an African country has taken over from the first African woman elected to lead the country.

After playing a friendly match against an army team, 51-year-old Weah said his first priority was to maintain peace in Liberia which was rigged by more than a decade of civil war before Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took the helm.

Like US president Donald Trump, Weah has taken to Twitter to get his message across.

He is the first Liberian to assume power in a peaceful changeover since 1944.

Some of his compatriots are promising there will be visible major and positive changes under his presidency.