Former soccer star George Weah said on Saturday he would not contest the position of President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, saying he would rather concentrate on
consulting the people of Montserrado and make their priorities as his agenda.
Weah and other senators, including the wife of ex-President Charles Taylor, Jewel Taylor and the man who tortured and killed President Samuel Doe in 1990, Prince Y. Johnson, were certificated at in Monrovia on Saturday as official winners of the special senatorial elections by the National Elections Commission (NEC).
Weah thus laid to rest speculation that he would contest the race of the position, which is the only position he could hold until the 2017 presidential election that he is expected to contest.
“I am not interested in the Pro-Tempore position because I am not a greedy man,” Weah told reporters at the headquarters of the NEC.
“I am willing to work with anyone who will be elected, especially for the good of the people,” Weah added.
Weah said he was now focusing on soliciting the views of the people of Montserrado County.
“I have to go in the Senate and know what I am going to do, committees I am going to be in. But as I said during my campaign, I am going to work in the interest of the Liberian people. In my first three months, which is 90 days, I will be going around Montserrado County to listen to the people. I will talk to my people and we will sit together and know we want,” Weah told Reuters.
He was grateful to voters who gave him his first elected position after two failed attempts—as President in 2005 and Vice President in 2011.
“I want to thank the Liberian people for this victory. They voted for me and I am happy. I thank God that the Liberian people reposed their confidence in me.”