Can a President Weah Meet the Expectations of Liberia's Slum Dwellers?

By Nii Akrofi Smart-Abbey

That ex-Liberian international, George Weah emerged leader in the first round of Liberia's October 10, 2017 election did not come as a surprise to many.

In a crowd of 20 presidential hopefuls, he was among the top 3 fancied to succeed Nobel Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the West African nation's first leader after its traumatic 14-year civil war.

Weah, who until the 2017 election had made an unsuccessful attempt against Sirleaf in the 2005 polls, was senator for Montserrado County, which is home to Liberia's capital, Monrovia. Even though many had alluded to his level of education and his political naivety as factors which contributed to his 2005 election defeat, many of his supporters say that was beside the point.