Soccer Star Elected as Liberia’s President
He’s scored again. Former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan star George Weah, one of history’s most successful African soccer players, was named Liberia’s next president after taking 61.5 percent in a runoff vote against current Vice President Joseph Boakai. If the transition goes smoothly, it’ll be the country’s first peaceful transfer of power between elected presidents since 1944. Now Weah and running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor, ex-wife of former president and imprisoned war criminal Charles Taylor, can guide the country through recovery from civil war and its recent Ebola outbreak.