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George Weah vows to abolish ‘racist’ law in Liberia

Liberian president George Weah vows to abolish 'racist' law

Liberia’s new president, George Weah, has said he is looking to abolish the “racist” law which restricts citizenship to black people only.

Weah said the clause which existed since Liberia was founded by freed US slaves in 1847 – was is “unnecessary, racist, and inappropriate for the place that Liberia occupies today in the comity of nations”.

The law contradicts the very definition of Liberia, which is derived from the Latin word ‘liber’, meaning ‘liberty’.”

“The state of the economy that my administration inherited leaves a lot to do and to be decided,” President George Weah is working to meet the high expectations following his election victory at the end of last year.

Weah pointed out the ‘sorry’ state of the economy that his government inherited from his predecessor, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

“Our economy is broken; our government is broke. Our currency is in free fall; inflation is rising,” Weah said. “Unemployment is at an unprecedented high and our foreign reserves are at an all-time low”.

In his first address to the Country, Mr Weah noted the clause which bans foreigners owning property, was also harmful to Liberia’s economy.

Mr Weah also promised to slash his own pay by 25% immediately – an announcement met with cheers – as he issued a stark analysis of Liberia’s prospects

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George Weah has taken steps to demonstrate to Liberians and officials in his government that it is not ‘business as usual’.



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