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Joseph Boakai Sworn in as Liberian President

Joseph Boakai officially assumed the presidency of Liberia on Monday, triumphing over former football sensation George Weah in a closely contested election.

Boakai, 79, secured the victory with 50.64% of the votes in November’s runoff poll, setting the stage for a challenging six-year term marked by the urgent tasks of addressing poverty and corruption.

Boakai, boasting four decades of political experience, served as vice-president from 2006 to 2018 under Liberia’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Despite a defeat to Weah in the 2017 election, Boakai’s return to power reflects a renewed mandate to tackle pressing issues in the nation.

The investiture ceremony at the parliament, attended by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and US ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, marked a significant moment for Liberia’s political landscape.

Against the backdrop of a region marred by military coups in Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Niger, Liberia’s peaceful election offered a beacon of stability.

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