Senator George Manneh Weah, President-elect of the Republic of Liberia has praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the international community for his ascendancy as president of Africa’s oldest republic, Liberia, and also bragged of his government’s commitment to continue the works of his precursor.
Addressing both local and foreign media at the headquarters of his political party, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) today, Saturday, December 30, 2017, President elect George Weah of some executives of his party and other opposition political parties, also lauded the maturity exhibited by Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai to concede defeat in the just ended presidential runoff election.
He declared that the country will be opened to investment and pledged to tackle entrenched corruption, in his first speech to the nation since decisively winning an election this week.
“Those looking to cheat the Liberian people through corruption will have no place,” said Weah, 51, alluding to a series of high-profile scandals that have tarnished Johnson Sirleaf’s 12-year presidency.
Weah said he would assemble his cabinet in the coming days ahead of his inauguration in mid-January and work to expand the country’s revenue base. “To investors, we say Liberia is open for business,” he said.
He also urged Liberians overseas – whose remittances account for over a quarter of national GDP – to return home, calling for national unity in a country that was devastated by civil war from 1989 to 2003 and remains riven by divisions based on ethnicity, class and political affiliation.
“We are not enemies,” he said in comments addressed to his political opponents. “We welcome you with open arms as we try to build our country.”
“Two days ago the world watched me cry. I did not cry because I won. I cried that many people lost their lives in the struggle for change.”
“The main thing I took from him was that Liberia is open for business,” said John Davies, a 30-year-old businessman. “We need Liberians to come home and work for our country.”
He assured Vice President Boakai of the CDC led Government’s quest to utilize his matured and administrative leadership advise during the life sperm of his government, noting, “As my next door neighbour, I will always take up time to pay him a visit for tutorship during my tenure as President of this Republic,” President-elect Weah told the Liberian people during the news conference which was also live on local radio stations,
Early, President-elect Weah whose posture today appeared presidency, with is Vice President-elect Jewel Howard seated on his left hand side with glaring smiles during the conference, also used the occasion to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the cause of the CDC, stressing, “I want us to use the occasion to call on all of us here today for a minute of silence in remembering of those Cedecians who lost their lives in the cause of our revolution.”
President-elect Weah who read the prepared statement to the media in a rather relaxed state, also expressed thanks and appreciation to God for his blessings and wisdom which led him to this current state as Liberia’s 24th President, and further assured Liberians of his government commitment to improving their livelihood during the reigns of the CDC led government.