Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Weah plans second presidency bid

George Weah is set to run for president again

Former football player George Weah has announced he is planning a run at the presidency of his native Liberia for the second time.

Weah was Fifa's Player of the Year in 1995, and went into politics in 2005. Although he beat 21 other candidates to win the vote in the first round, he lost to eventual president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round.

Many believe his lack of formal education was the reason for the defeat, and Weah appears determined not to let that undermine his chances in the 2011 election.

He said he is studying for a degree at DeVry University, an American for-profit school that Weah said he attended in Miami.

Weah said he is an honest person who wants to see his country prosper.

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