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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

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France’s Macron meets with new Liberia President Weah

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Liberia’s new president, the ex-footballer George Weah, to the Elysee Palace for talks. IMAGES

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Weah’s promised land: rights dispute reignites Liberia

In Liberia, the dispute over land ownership dates back to the mid-19th century. It could now define the presidency of George Weah, the ex-football star sworn in for a six-year term last month.

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Joy and hope in Liberia as George Weah sworn in as president

To the cheers of a crowd fired by his promise to bring them jobs and prosperity, former football star George Weah is sworn in as president of Liberia, completing the country’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders in three generations.

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Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hands over power to George Weah

New Liberian president George Weah attends flag-lowering and flag-raising ceremony at his presidential inauguration in Monrovia, a symbol of the transition between the two presidents. IMAGES

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Weah sworn in as Liberian president

Former international football star George Weah is sworn in as Liberia’s new president, in the country’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944. IMAGES

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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.

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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.

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George Weah promises to “improve the lives of Liberians”

Liberia’s president-elect George Weah vowed Saturday to “improve people’s lives” after the former star footballer secured a stunning run-off victory in the country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades.

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Liberians expect newly elected president to fight poverty

Liberians are hopeful for George Weah’s Presidency ahead of the National Elections Commission’s official announcement of the ex-football star as president-elect of Liberia.