Liberia’s new president George Weah was sworn-in on Monday as the country’s president. Like Pres. Muhammadu Buhari, he campaigned on a platform of fighting corruption in the country, but unlike the Nigerian president, he did not need six months to appoint cabinet members.
On Tuesday, Weah made his first appointments less than 24 hours after his swearing in.
The first batch of nominees comprised of seven names –
- Former Senate Pro-Tempore Gbezohngar Findley, who has been named Minister of Foreign Affairs. Findley is an ally of former Pres. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and opposed Weah at the initial stages of the campaign, but turned around to support him after the first round.
- Maj.-Gen. Daniel Ziankahn was immediately retired as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and appointed the Minister of National Defence, subject to Senate confirmation.
- Brig. Gen. Prince Johnson takes over from Ziankahn as the new Chief of Staff of the AFL.
- Chairman of the now ruling party, Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Mr Nathaniel McGill was named as the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.
- Samuel Tweh, a long-time member of the CDC, is to serve as Minister of Finance and Development Planning. Until his appointment, Tweh worked as an economic consultant at the Millennium Challenge Corporation under the Ministry of Finance.
- Charles Gibson was appointed as Minister of Justice and
- Sam Mannah as Press Secretary.
Weah has directed that the heads of other government ministries and agencies remain in place until further notice.