Liberia’s presidencial elections: former world footballer to run again

Liberia’s presidencial elections: former world footballer to run again

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– Liberia’s presidencial elections: former world footballer to run again

– Former world player of the year award winner- George Weah has yet reiginited the bid to contest in the next Liberian presidential race

–  With constitution of Liberia not supporting a third term bid by present President Ellen Sirleaf, Weah has been tipped for the political office.

 

Liberia's presidencial elections: former world footballer to run again
George Weah

Liberia’s presidencial elections: former world footballer to run again

George Weah, former Liberian International soccer start who became the first African to win FIFA player of the year award has been confirmed to be back to run for his county’s presidential race for the second time.

In 2005, the former Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea was also available in the Liberian politics as he he had picked up a presidential ticket at the time but failed.

His previous presidential bid, in 2005, was defeated by current president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Current President, Ellen’s tenure is expected to end in 2017. According to the county’s constitution, Sirleaf cannot contest again in the presidential pools.

With that, Weah has been moved by both his political and football fans to contest in the year 2017.

Liberia’s presidencial elections: former world footballer to run again

Mr Weah, who played for teams including Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea, was the highest-ranking African footballer in Fifa’s list of greatest players of the 20th century.

During his football career, Mr Weah became a UN goodwill ambassador.

Later he turned to politics. He is currently a senator for the western province of Montserrado, which includes the capital Monrovia.

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In 2011 he ran for vice-president under Winston Tubman but did not win.

Mr Weah belongs to the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party.

Announcing his presidential bid in Monrovia, he said he had been a “victim of poverty” like many of his supporters, and said he would boost vocational education.

While addressing his supporters on Thursday on the 2017 election bid, Mr Wear had first held

a moment of silence in memory of the thousands of people who died of Ebola after which he revealed his political ambition.

“Our gathering here today is about the future of our country and our people.

“In the last ten years our people have continued to live in abject poverty, education a mess, health delivery system a disaster, electricity and pipe-borne water elusive.

Like many of you, I have been a victim of poverty,” he said. “There were times I didn’t have school fees.”

However, a leading research organization has recently rated Mr Weah’s performance in the Senate as low, but some ardent fans of his have tipped him to the coveted post.

Liberia’s presidencial elections: former world footballer to run again