The inauguration of former football star George Weah as the President of Liberia got underway on Monday to scenes of joy and giddy optimism on Monday, a moment marking the troubled country’s first peaceful democratic transition since 1944.
Weah, 51, takes over from Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who spent 12 years at the helm steering the West African nation away from the trauma of a civil war.
Expectations are sky-high among Liberians that Weah will deliver on his promises of jobs and better schools.
The inauguration began in Samuel Kanyon Doe stadium near the capital, Monrovia, with atleast, eight African Heads of States, including President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by Vice Present Yemi Osinbajo,, along with friends and former colleagues from his football years.
Crowds queued for kilometres (miles) to reach the stadium, singing, dancing and waving the Liberian flag as they waited.