Liberian President George Weah will not stay in office beyond a second term, his chief of staff said Tuesday, quashing rumors that he would mimic regional leaders and bid for a third term.
Addressing a news conference in the capital Monrovia, the president’s chief of staff Nathaniel McGill pointed out that Weah, a footballing icon who took office in 2018, had not even finished his first presidential term.
“It is not good for one man to be president for a long time,” he said.
“The president is not thinking about a third term.”
Speculation had been growing in the West African nation that 54-year-old Weah would exploit a December 8 constitutional referendum to extend his stay in office.
Liberia’s December referendum will ask voters whether to reduce presidential terms from six years to five.
A limit on two presidential terms will be kept in place.
Voters will also decide whether to allow dual nationality — a divisive issue in the poor nation of some 4.8 million people. Current legislation stipulates that only indigenous Africans can become naturalized as citizens.