Coronavirus: Liberian president announces lockdown of capital state | AFP

Liberian President George Weah announces a state of emergency and a lockdown of four states, including Montserrado, where the capital Monrovia is located, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus. New cases have been registered in the past days in this country still recovering from the 2014-2016 Ebola crisis. IMAGES

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Protest in Liberia over price hikes, corruption | AFP

Demonstrators clash with Liberian police in Monrovia during a march against corruption and economic mismanagement under former footballer turned president George Weah. IMAGES

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In critical condition: Liberia’s hospitals battle deadly shortages | AFP

Conditions for healthcare are deteriorating in Liberia as president George Weah struggles with the effects of the declining economy. Hospitals in rural parts of the country lack medication and electricity. At Phebe Hospital in Bong County in central Liberia, staff say a lack of drugs is already proving fatal for patients.

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Protests continue in Monrovia amid strong police presence | AFP

Demonstrators predominantly from Liberia’s main opposition political parties have converged at the seat of the government of soccer icon George Weah to protest against corruption, rising inflation and the declining economy. IMAGES

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Mass protests in Monrovia, Liberia, over inflation and corruption | AFP

In Liberia, demonstrators are on the streets of the capital, Monrovia, to protest at inflation and corruption. Liberian President George Weah is being challenged over the same issues on which he campaigned in his historic ascent to the presidency, just 18 months ago. IMAGES

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Demonstrators take to streets of Monrovia in protests over economy | AFP

In Liberia, demonstrators are on the streets of the capital, Monrovia, to protest at inflation and corruption. Liberian President George Weah is being challenged over the same issues on which he campaigned in his historic ascent to the presidency, just 18 months ago. IMAGES

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Liberia’s longstanding land dispute, one of the key challenges facing George Weah’s nascent presidency, we meet the first cohort of former rebels to join the national army in Central African Republic and we travel to Chad where families are feeling the pinch of austerity measures. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Liberians prepare to inaugurate new president George Weah

Preparations are underway in Liberia one day before outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hands over power to former international footballer George Weah, representing the West African country’s first democratic transfer of power since 1944, leaving behind a mixed record of peace and freedom of speech cherished by the population.

George Weah, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf attend church service

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and president-elect George Weah attend a religious service in Monrovia, a day before the official handover of power. Also in attendance were current vice-president Joseph Boakai and future vice-president Jewel Howard-Taylor. IMAGES

Liberia’s president-elect plays football friendly

Liberia’s president elect and former football star George Weah plays a friendly game against the armed forces. Weah is due to be inaugurated as the country’s next this coming Monday. Meanwhile outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reflected on her 12 year rule on a visit to a school for handicapped children.