Supporters of former soccer player George Weah, presidential candidate for the Coalition for Democratic Change, celebrate, in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday Dec. 29, 2017. The National Election Commission has declared George Weah president-elect and Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect following the Dec. 26 runoff poll. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Liberia president-elect says he will build on nation's gains

December 30, 2017 - 2:09 pm

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's new president-elect says he will build on the institutional gains of the country's outgoing leader, who was Africa's first female president.

George Weah on Saturday gave his first public address from party headquarters since he was declared president-elect of the West African nation. The former international soccer star says there's no place for corruption in Liberia.

He is calling on investors to consider the struggling nation, saying it's open for business, and calling on Liberians abroad to return home.

The 51-year-old senator beat Vice President Joseph Boakai with 61.5 percent of the votes in Tuesday's runoff.

Weah will take office from Nobel Prize Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf later in January. It will be Liberia's first democratic transfer of power in decades.

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