George Weah, Liberia’s new president, has packed football (or to Americans, soccer) stadiums before. As a professional player, he was named the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year. But on Jan. 22, he packed Monrovia’s Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium to be sworn in as Liberia’s 24th president — the first time since 1944 that the nation saw a peaceful transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents.
The 2017 vote that brought him to power also marked the first time the Liberian government ran its own election without U.N. support.
The election had problems. The third-place candidate, Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party, alleged that the first round of voting on Oct.… Seguir leyendo »