Monrovia, Liberia – In a heartfelt farewell address on the eve of concluding his six-year term, President George Manneh Weah expressed gratitude to the Liberian people for the opportunity to serve as their president. President Weah, in his final speech, highlighted the progress made during his tenure and outlined the challenges faced by his administration.
The President thanked the citizens for their trust and support, emphasizing the rewarding partnerships that contributed to the development and implementation of various programs and policies aimed at building a united, peaceful, and prosperous nation. He acknowledged the accomplishments in addressing inequalities, improving infrastructure, supporting education, and stabilizing the economy.
However, President Weah admitted that not all long-term projects initiated during his tenure reached completion, expressing hope that the incoming government would continue these initiatives for the benefit of all Liberians. He addressed the impact of rumors and misinformation in politics, expressing optimism that the country would overcome such challenges in the coming years.
A significant part of President Weah’s speech focused on the financial standing of Liberia. He reported leaving behind a stronger economy, with a 136 percent increase in net international reserves. The consolidated cash position in the Government’s accounts has also seen substantial growth, providing the incoming administration with more resources to address emergency macroeconomic challenges.
President Weah highlighted the importance of a peaceful transition of power and emphasized his commitment to upholding the democratic process and the rule of law. He proudly noted that Liberia experienced a peaceful transition of power for the first time in over seven decades during his presidency.
The outgoing President expressed pride in leaving Liberia at peace with itself and its neighbors. He highlighted the role of the Armed Forces in maintaining peace and their engagement in international peacekeeping missions. President Weah emphasized the protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms, with no political prisoners or prisoners of conscience during his term.
Leaving office, President Weah pledged to remain actively engaged in Liberian politics as the standard bearer and Political Leader of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). He urged citizens to continue being law-abiding, seek peaceful means to resolve differences, and embrace tolerance and dialogue for the continuity of a strong and vibrant democracy. As the country prepares for the inauguration of the new administration on January 22, 2024, President Weah expressed optimism for Liberia’s democratic journey.