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Liberia ‘open for business’

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MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberian President-elect George Weah on Saturday declared the country open to investment and pledged to tackle entrenched corruption, in his first speech to the nation since decisively winning an election this week.

Speaking in front of reporters and aides packed into a small conference room at his party headquarters, Mr Weah thanked his predecessor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for enabling Liberia’s first democratic transition in over 70 years but said he was determined to usher in sweeping changes.

“Those looking to cheat the Liberian people through corruption will have no place,” said Mr Weah, 51, alluding to a series of high-profile scandals that have tarnished Johnson Sirleaf’s 12-year presidency.

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