Former football star George Weah sworn in as president of Liberia

The former football star defeated Vice-President Joseph Boakai to win the election with 61.5% of the votes.

It is the country’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.

Mr Weah, 51, took over from Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Ms Sirleaf spent 12 years at the helm, steering the West African nation away from the trauma of a civil war.

He was sworn in as president by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Korkpor

The ceremony took place at a packed sports stadium near the capital, Monrovia, with several African heads of state in attendance, along with friends and former colleagues from his football years.

Mr Weah has vowed to make prosperity and job creation the hallmarks of his presidency.

He grew up in Monrovia and went on to star for AC Milan, Paris St Germain and Chelsea, and became the only African to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award.