Liberian former international footballer,George Weah has revealed his intention of running for the presidential post for a second time. Incumbent president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s final term ends next year and under the country’s constitution she cannot run again. Mr Weah who was formerly an AC Milan striker announced on Thursday in Monrovia, the country’s capital that he would run as a presidential candidate in 2017.
Mr Weah who belongs to the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, said he has the vision to transform the country. George Weah who is also a Senator for the western province of Montserrado.
He lost his previous presidential bid, in 2005, to current president Sirleaf. Announcing his presidential bid, he held a moment of silence in memory of the thousands of people who died of Ebola. He also sympathized with families who have lost loved ones during the epidemic.
Acknowledging the poor standard of living of many in the country, the 49-year-old Weah said he would do everything possible to transform Liberia. Though he has been criticised as an ineffective politician with little experience, he remains optimistic in his bid and hopes to rule Liberia in 2017.
About George Weah
Mr Weah, was the highest-ranking African footballer in Fifa’s list of greatest players of the 20th century. He has played for teams including Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea. He was world footballer of the year in 1995, and is one of Africa’s best-ever players. He won two league titles with Milan and also played in France and England, and is also a three-time African player of the year.
During his football career, Mr Weah became a UN Goodwill Ambassador, and then moved to politics later. He is likely to face Sirleaf’s Vice President, Joseph Boakai, in the election next year.