George Weah to run fo Liberia Presidency again

By Daily Sports on April 30, 2016

Views: 1,427

The former international footballer George Weah will run for president of Liberia for a second time.

He said he had the "vision" to transform the country.

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.

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

Her second term in office will end in 2017 and under the country's constitution she cannot run again.

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.

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.

Liberia's national anthem was played before Mr Weah took to the stage.

First, he held a moment of silence in memory of the thousands of people who died of Ebola.

He told his crowd of supporters: "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."

A leading research organization has recently rated Mr Weah's performance in the Senate as low.

Party members from across Liberia presented a petition asking him to run, saying they believed he was the man "to solve Liberia's numerous problems".

Some party members paraded up and down the sandy party headquarters, beneath giant portraits of Mr Weah.

They sang: "George Weah is the man we want, George Weah is the man we want."

Mr Weah pledged to increase the national budget, work towards religious harmony, and support vocational education.

To wild applause, he said: "God is with us, and hope is alive."

 •Culled from BBCNews. Photo shows George Weah

Source Daily Sports

Posted April 30, 2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

You may also like...
Udi insists on maximum points at Unicem

Canelo Alvarez still stuck in Mayweather's shadow ahead...

FA boss wants CAF to rescind AFCON hosting...

Nigeria rise, Argentina, Iceland and Croatia fall in...

NPFL: MFM return to winning ways, beat Nasarawa...

France beat Croatia to win 2018 World Cup...

 

Latest News Ex-Super Falcons star dies at 33 Enugu Rangers get favourable CAF Cup pairing Super Eagles, Falcons November 17 Date with History! Adegbenro fires Rosenborg to 26th Norwegian league title Wilfred Ndidi eyes African Cup of Nations debut Unbeaten Sarri sets Premier League record Man City claim deserved derby victory over Man Utd Barca stunned by Betis to suffer first league home defeat in two years Ronaldo scores as Juventus beat AC Milan Real make it four wins out of four under Solari PSG spank Monaco to put pressure on Henry UNIPORT wins 14th West African Universities Games

 

Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (44,576 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (36,653 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (35,428 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (34,579 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (33,830 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (33,560 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (32,767 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (32,660 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (32,514 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (31,649 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (29,727 views) World Cup Friendlies: Eagles Beware! (28,962 views)

 

 


 

News Athletics (266) Basketball (129) Boxing (518) Columnists (352) Euro Soccer Update (3489) Fans Assembly (3) From the Grassroots (44) Golf (67) Interviews (14) Live Commentary (3) News (4450) NPL Glo Premier League (959) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (5) Tennis (478)

 

 

Classic games

 

Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976
+234(0)8055068145
+234(0)7013416146
+234(0)8094272884

Email addresses

info@dailysportsng.com
support@dailysportsng.com
publisher@dailysportsng.com

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media