The former Football World Best Player, who won Liberia’s December 26 run-off presidential election, in his victory speech delivered Saturday, said he will assemble a government that is “dedicated to delivering for the Liberian people”.
Speaking at the headquarters of his Coalition for Democratic Change in the Monrovia suburb of Congo Town, president-elect Weah called on those wishing to serve in his government to be “committed to delivering their best for the good of the Liberian people”.
"Those wishing to cheat the Liberian people through the menace of corruption will have no place in my government, "Weah declared.
He said his new administration in Monrovia will build on the institutional gains of the outgoing Sirleaf-led government, and called on Liberians in the Diaspora to return home, “as the country is now entering a new dispensation”.
Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said a peaceful transition in Liberia will be an accomplishment to secure Liberia's place within the comity of nations.
Sirleaf said the peaceful nature of the 2017 elections proved the maturity of Liberia's democracy.
The outgoing Liberian leader admitted that her administration was faced with many challenges, including a stressful economy, corruption and the need for enduring national reconciliation.
In her last New Year Message delivered on Saturday, Sirleaf congratulated president-elect George Weah and the vice president-elect Jewel Howard Taylor on their election.
She also paid tribute to outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai, who is "not only a dedicated public servant, but a peaceful man."
Sirleaf also thanked all international observer missions and international partners for their support, which “ensured the success of the electoral process”.