Talk Africa: George Weah’s rise from Footballer to President

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As a footballer, George Weah won accolades few could hope for, picking up the Ballon d’Or and seizing African Footballer of the Year awards on multiple occasions.

Despite his success on the pitch however, few people imagined he would dare dream of leading his country politically.

But after winning around 61 % of votes in Liberia’s presidential election, Weah, from the Congress for Democratic Change party, is set to do just that – become Liberia’s first President in the country’s first democratic transition in many decades.

He walks into the presidency with supporters expecting him to score highly for a nation that has 80% of its population living on less than a dollar a day.

So what challenges lie ahead for the President-elect Weah?