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LIBERIA: Weah Makes First Appointments


Liberia’s President George Weah on Tuesday made his first appointments less than 24 hours after his swearing-in.

Seven names made the first batch of appointees, including former Senate Pro-Tempore Gbezohngar Findley, who has been named Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Findley, according to local media, is close ally of immediate past President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and staunchly supported Vice President Joseph Boakai at the initial stage of the campaign period.

He reportedly dumped Boakai, who ran for the presidency on the platform of then Unity Party, and aligned with Weah, heavily campaigning for him in parts of the country.

This fueled speculations that Weah was receiving support from former President Johnson-Sirleaf, who was recently expelled by the Unity Party for anti-party activities.

Major General Daniel Ziankahn was immediately retired as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia and appointed the Minister of National Defence, subject to Senate confirmation.

Ziankahn replaces Brownie Samukai at the defence ministry, which is in the middle of an alleged wasteful spending of welfare and supplementary pension benefits members of the Armed Forces among others.