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Senate speaker Amason Kingi represents President Ruto at Liberia’s presidential inauguration

Speaker of the Senate, Amason Jeffah Kingi, has arrived in Monrovia to attend the inauguration of Liberia’s newly-elected President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai Senior.

The event, scheduled for today, Monday, January 22, 2024, is set to witness the formal transfer of power.

Speaker Kingi, serving as the representative of President William Samoei Ruto, joins a prestigious gathering of global leaders and dignitaries invited to partake in the inauguration and its accompanying festivities.

He left the country on Saturday evening, touching down in Monrovia later that night.

President Boakai, formerly an opposition leader, secured victory in the November elections with 50.64 percent of the votes, surpassing President George Weah’s 49.36 percent. Boakai’s ascendancy makes him the 26th President of the Republic of Liberia, succeeding President Weah, the renowned global football icon, who held office from 2018.

Born on November 30, 1944, Boakai previously served as the 29th vice president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018, under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

During his vice presidency, he presided over the Liberian Senate and played a pivotal role in its plenary sessions held bi-weekly.

Boakai, who also served as the Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1985, ran for president in 2017, losing to President Weah.

President Boakai’s inauguration is anticipated to mark a new chapter in Liberia’s political landscape.