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Liberian president, tongue-lashed for long absence from country

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President of Liberia, George Weah has received strong adverse reactions from members of the opposition and some resentful citizens for reportedly abandoning the entire country to travel abroad as a result of funfare.

The former AC Milan player flew abroad sometime in October for some political engagements and to also watch his footballer son, Timothy Weah who plays the United States of America at the World Cup in Qatar.

Since then, the president has been away from his country where the Liberian populace are reportedly facing untold hardship amid uncontrollable inflation and shortages of basic needs.

George Weah, in footage alongside his son said he was proud of being a father as the US National team proceeded to the Round of 16.

Pictures of the president where he was a “guest of honour” as his country wallows in serious socioeconomic crisis, had erupted criticism from many compatriots on social media.

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“This one here has passed the limit now… who (has) he left us with?” 23-year-old Abraham Kaneh told AFP in the capital Monrovia.

“He’s not going to do the work of the Liberian people. He went to do the work of his own son. He did not go on our plea, he’s gone to see other friends,” another citizen said.

Liberia opposition leader, Lewis Browne described the globe-trotting activities of president Weah as unnecessary.

“Weah continues to insult the intelligence of Liberians and exhibit a high degree of don’t-care attitude by abandoning the entire country and citizens to witness soccer matches,” he said.

The opposition has also expressed concerns as the president continue to gallivant between Qatar and international summits in Morocco, Egypt, France, Monaco and the United States, in company of former vice president Joseph Boakai saying Liberia was “on autopilot”.

“We continue to witness other acts of poor leadership, irresponsible behaviour, lack of concern, impunity, and wanton misuse of our finances,” the Unity Party heavyweight added, suggesting others could have represented the country in Weah’s place.


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