George Tawlon Oppong Ousman Weah
Liberia

George Tawlon Oppong Ousman Weah

Leader of the Congress for Democratic Change

Date of Birth: 01/10/1956
Place of Birth: Monrovia

Career: Young Survivors Clareton, 1981-84; Bongrange Company, 1984-85; Mighty Barolle, 1985-86; Invincible Eleven, 1986-87; Africa Sports, 1987; Tonnerre Yaounde, 1987-88; AS Monaco, 1988-92; Paris Saint-Germain, 1992-95; A.C. Milan, 1995-00; Chelsea, 2000; Manchester City, 2000; Olympique Marseille; Al-Jazira, 2001-03; Liberia National Team, 60 appearances, 1988-02; Fifa World Player of the Year, 1995; Presidential candidate, Congress for Democratic Change, 2005

Commentary: A retired football star and failed presidential bidder, George Weah was defeated by President Johnson-Sirleaf by a 20% margin of more than 150,000 votes in the 2005 Presidential elections. However, he remains an important personage in Liberian politics. He recently retained a Senate seat in a by-election in Montserrado County and his Congress for Democratic Change currently holds 18 seats. He is popular among poor Liberians whose lives have improved little under Johnson-Sirleaf and who are angered by the unfolding reports of corruption scandals in the government.

He is also a candidate in the 2011 elections, to be held in October 2011. Incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is tipped to win yet a strong push by opposition candidates may mean that she will have to fight a second round against the popular former football star.


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Vol 54 N0 22

LIBERIA

Feted and berated

In December, Johnson-Sirleaf then appointed the former CDC presidential candidate, ex-footballer George Weah, to the post, known as Peace Ambassador...

Vol 52 N0 22

LIBERIA

Brinkmanship at the ballot

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, who is Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, sent an aircraft to Monrovia to bring Tubman and running mate George Weah to Abuja for talks to resolve the crisis on 3 November...

Vol 52 N0 20

LIBERIA

Ellen wants first-round win

That would mean a tough fight, probably with Winston Tubman and his running mate, George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC)...

Vol 52 N0 14

LIBERIA

Strategic electoral alliances

He came fourth in the first round in 2005 before switching his support in the second to football star George Weah, whom many in the political elite looked down on as a secondary school dropout without the intellect to lead a nation recovering from 14 years of civil conflict (AC Vol 46 No 19, The soccer vote)...

Vol 52 N0 1

LIBERIA

Johnson Sirleaf stands on her record

Yet a strong push by opposition candidates may mean that she will have to fight a second round against the popular former football star George Weah, which again she is likely to win...

Vol 51 N0 23

LIBERIA

Musical chairs in Monrovia

Tolbert is set to have a tough fight for a senatorial seat in Montserrado County, the main political base of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of former international football star George Weah...

Vol 51 N0 23

LIBERIA

Challenging Madam President

The most significant alliance is between the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of former international footballer George Weah and the Liberty Party (LP) of Councillor Charles Walker Brumskine, the former Senate leader in the regime of Charles Taylor, 1997-2003...

Vol 51 N0 19

LIBERIA

Critics, crooks and credibility

After winning the first round in the 2005 elections, former football ace George Weah watched with frustration as the Sirleaf camp co-opted former adversaries and the hitherto non-aligned...

Vol 51 N0 10

LIBERIA

A second term for Sirleaf

The President is said to have been shaken when, in November, the Congress for Democratic Change, led by the retired football star and failed presidential bidder George Weah, retained a Senate seat in a by-election in Montserrado County, where Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, a former executive of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), swept up the women’s and youth vote...

Vol 50 N0 15

LIBERIA

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - the sequel

A merger with Johnson Sirleaf's Unity Party would give the new group control of 26 seats, making it the biggest grouping ahead of former international footballer George Weah's Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), which has 18 seats...

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