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23 Jan 2018

PRESIDENT GEORGE WEAH MAKES FIRST APPOINTMENT (SEE LIST)

President of Liberia, George Weah, on Tuesday made his first appointments less than 24 hours after his swearing in on Monday.

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 Mr. Boakai, who ran for the presidency on the platform of then Unity Party (UP), and aligned with Mr. Weah, heavily campaigning for him in parts of the country.

This fueled speculations that Mr. Weah was receiving support from Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf, who was recently expelled by the UP for anti-party activities.

Daniel Ziankahn, a major general, 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.

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

Prince Johnson, a brigadier general, takes over from Mr. Ziankahn as the new Chief of Staff of the AFL.

Mr. Weah named Chairman of the now ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Nathaniel McGill as the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.
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