Liberia’s football legend Weah to vie for Senate

Football legend George Manneh Weah

Football legend George Manneh Weah is to contest the 2014 mid-term senatorial election. PHOTO|AFP

Liberia’s main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has confirmed that its standard bearer, football legend George Manneh Weah, is to contest the 2014 mid-term senatorial election.

“Yes, Mr. Weah would be a candidate in the 2014 mid-term senatorial elections,” CDC secretary-general Nathaniel McGee said in an interview with the NewDemocratic newspaper carried in its Thursday edition.

Speculation had been rife that the former football star was contemplating contesting the seat for senior Senator of Montserrado County in the 2014 mid-term poll, even though his quest for the presidency remains undiminished.

Mr Weah contested the presidency in 2005 but lost to incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round, after coming first in the first round.

He also contested the 2011 election as vice-presidential candidate, but again lost to President Sirleaf’s Unity Party.

Observers believe Weah’s chances to win the senatorial seat in Montserrado County are very high because 90 per cent of support for his CDC party comes from Montserrado County, the most populous county in Liberia which hosts the capital Monrovia.

Most members of the House of Representatives and the current senior senator representing Montserrado in the legislature come from the CDC.

An observer told Africa Review in an interview Friday that Mr Weah, who is considered a novice in politics, should have started his political career as a legislator, before aspiring for the presidency.

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