GoL Releases Calendar for Weah’s Inauguration

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President-elect George M. Weah and and Vice President-elect Jewel Howard Taylor, will be sworn in on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

The Government of Liberia (GoL) yesterday released the calendar of events leading up to the inauguration of President-elect George Weah and Vice President-elect Jewel Howard Taylor, beginning January 19 through 22.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the inaugural 2018 calendar of events begins on Friday, January 19, with what is dubbed: “Taste of Liberia.” This event, the release said, takes place at the Nancy B. Doe Market in Jorkpen Town, Sinkor from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Muslim community will host an inaugural intercessory prayer at the Benson Street Mosque from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, January 20, there will be a peace football match between Weah All Stars (WAS) and soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) at the Barclay Training Center from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Also on the same day, Liberian women will hold an honoring program at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on Lynch Street near the UN Drive, beginning at 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.

On Sunday, January 21, beginning at 11:00 a.m., there will be an inaugural intercessory service at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion that will be hosted by the Christian community. Later in the evening, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., a musical, arts, culture and fashion show showcasing Liberia takes place at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.

On Monday, January 22, 2018, the official inauguration ceremony of President-elect George Weah and Vice President-elect Jewel Howard Taylor takes place at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Immediately following the swearing-in ceremony, an inaugural luncheon will he hosted at the same venue beginning 1:30 p.m. through 2:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., the inaugural ball in honor of President George Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor will also take place at the Executive Pavilion on Ashmun Street.

Meanwhile, as directed by the Chief of Protocol, all persons attending the inauguration ceremony at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex must observe that: no cars will be allowed to enter the Complex; all guests, with the exception of those listed in the special protocol, will enter the premises through the main entrance; the ushering of guests to the ceremony will commence at 7:00 a.m. and end at 9:45 a.m.; no one will be permitted to enter after 9:45 a.m. except the Speaker and members of the 54th Legislature; and out- going members of the 53rd Legislature will enter the stadium through the VIP entrance and be escorted to seats reserved for them.

At the close of the ceremonies, the Chief of Protocol will announce the Order of Precedence for the departing procession, while the guests will remain standing.

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  1. In all these GRANDEUR of ceremonies, let’s keep one thing in mind. Today’s Liberia is rated as the World’s 4th POOREST Nation. This is a TEST CASE; for a President-Elect, who contends to be a CHAMPION for the POOR. We can not continue to cry for ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE; if we continue to LAVISH our scarce resources on “BIG TIMES” (PARTIES)? The signal coming from the International Community to Liberia these days: “There Is No More Where That Came From-Enough Is Enough…” The World is watching us. Be Careful!

  2. Why this escape from tradition, when this indigenous Liberian leader will be inaugurated far from the seat of the First Branch of Government(Legislature) to a football field?? Is it because he is a footballer?? Has the rule of football triumphed over the rule of law??

    • After 170 years of existence and two bloody civil war, there are still some narrow-minded Liberians who are still preaching ethnic division: calling their fellow Liberians: Congua /Americo-Liberian, or Indigenous/Native/Country…. despite intermarriages; despite Naturalization; despite being fifth, fourth and third generation Liberians.

      I wonder what will these narrow-minded Liberians call thousands of Liberians who fled the civil war; assimilated in foreign culture; married to foreigners, and have children born in Diaspora?

      One day, Liberians in the diaspora and their children (like Geroge Weah’s Children) will return to their ancestral home land called Liberia. Will they be rejected? Will they be ostracized? Will they not be welcome? Or, will they be called Americo-Liberian….foreigners; non-Liberian or imported Liberia?

      Also, what will these segregationists called children born to parents of African Descent (Nigerians, Ghanians, Senegalese, Jamaicans, etc) who became naturalized citizens of Liberia?

      Remember, George Weah is married to Clar Weah (our new first lady to be) who was not born in Liberia but she is a person of African Descent with children of Liberian, Jamaican and American heritage. They have the right to Liberian citizenship just like any other person of negro-descent by virtue of our constitution.

      Liberia needs all its citizens: those who stayed; those who left; those who naturalized; those born abroad to help rebuild Mama Liberia. We need to stop this foolish tribal and ethnic segregation that led us to self-destruction; that led to Liberia’s massive brain-drain which we are currently experiencing because of the war.

      George Weah did not win the election because he is or isn’t an indigenous Liberian. He won because the majority of Liberians (despite their ethnic origin) elected him to be president.

      Because of the unprecedented number of people that plan to attend this special inauguration, the only logical place large enough in Liberia to host such large gathering is SKD, and not because George Weah is a footballer as Mr. Paye Robert Kehleay stated.

      Note: Ethnic,Tribal, Religious, Economic, Social, or Political Segregation are all enemies of National Progress.

  3. Kehleay,
    (1) Do you have problems with an indigenous leader?

    (2) If you have a migrane headache with a native person being elected to the presidency of Liberia, why didn’t you run to become president? Or why didn’t you campaign for a non-indigenous presidential candidate during the campaign season of last year?

    (3) When will this Americo-Liberian vs Native issue be erased from the minds of people in Liberia? Or do you think that such a topic is good for the people of Liberia?

    (4) In your heart of hearts, do you look at an indigenous person as being a wuss, a milquetoast or both?

    I read your commentary a couple of times and I don’t know what you’re trying to get at.

    Your question on the Rule of Law……

    Kehleay writes, “Has the rule of football triumphed over the rule of law”?

    (1) Kehleay, Kehleay, what are you talking about? What on earth do you mean by the rule of football has triumphed over the rule of law? What is that?

    (2) Kehleay, come to yourself, please. Is there a law that says football players should stay away from politics? If so, who wrote such a law?

    Kehleay, an indigenous Liberian as well as an Americo-Liberian and a Congau Liberian are all of equal value in the eyes of God. Being a Congau, an Original/Native or an Americo-Liberian is something we did not ask God the creator to be. It is not treacherous to be a derivative of any of the three groups mentioned above. What’s most important is that we are all Liberians. We must work together in order to make Liberia a better country.

  4. January 19, 2018
    Dear Head of States; Liberia hold heartily welcome your present to attend the inaugural of President elect, George M. Weah & Vice President elect, Jewel Howard Taylor as a sign of gratitude to Liberians.
    We pray that your coming will make a positive change in the life of Liberians and also create more opportunity foe young people and Liberia as large.
    Again, thanks for your present and pending participation.

    Thanks.

  5. While George Manneh Oppong Weah is a blessed child, and a destined leader to redeem our country from the present quagmire, Jewel Howard Taylor is a very strong woman who also deserves the accolades and support needed to validate her role in the present government. I admire her strength and determination to not succumb to the court of public opinion! Ms. Taylor-Howard, keep on fighting the good fight, and you’ll be the next leader of our country after Oppong’s two-term in the presidency.

  6. The silent majority is still in control. This President elect and running mate acquired 34% out of total registered votes as the incumbent did in the previous run-off. This time there was not boycott. Presidential campaign for October 10, 2017 is over. Keep all prison names out of touch.
    Until the next Liberian President and first lady get in the Executive mansion, keep the peace and past through the inauguration. Do not reply this box. Let the Liberian people know.
    Gone to 57% in silence.

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