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Liberia's president-elect Joseph Boakai, who defeated President George Weah in a runoff election takes an oath as president during the inauguration ceremony in Monrovia, Liberia January 22, 2024. (Photo: Reuters/Carielle Doe)

Liberia's newly inaugurated president, Joseph Boakai, has bounced back from a bout of heat exhaustion that compelled him to curtail his inauguration speech on Monday.

Liberia's president-elect Joseph Boakai, who defeated President George Weah in a runoff election takes an oath as president during the inauguration ceremony in Monrovia, Liberia January 22, 2024. (Photo: Reuters/Carielle Doe)
Liberia's president-elect Joseph Boakai, who defeated President George Weah in a runoff election takes an oath as president during the inauguration ceremony in Monrovia, Liberia January 22, 2024. (Photo: Reuters/Carielle Doe)

Liberia's president-elect Joseph Boakai, who defeated President George Weah in a runoff election takes an oath as president during the inauguration ceremony in Monrovia, Liberia January 22, 2024. (Photo: Reuters/Carielle Doe)

Liberia's newly inaugurated president, Joseph Boakai, has bounced back from a bout of heat exhaustion that compelled him to curtail his inauguration speech on Monday.

Following the outdoor ceremony in Monrovia, where the 79-year-old was sworn in amid sweltering heat. Boakai experienced a pause during his address, prompting aides to assist him. Although he initially resumed speaking, he later had to step away from the podium, leading to the ceremony's premature conclusion.
However, Boakai had successfully taken the oath of office before being assisted away from the podium.

A statement from the president's office reassured the public that Boakai had suffered from exhaustion but had been declared "perfectly fine" by doctors. The statement indicated that he had resumed his regular activities and was scheduled to meet with the Ghanaian President and other dignitaries later in the day.

It's worth noting that Boakai's victory over George Weah in the November runoff election had already sparked concerns among some opponents regarding his age and stamina. Despite criticism during the election campaign, Boakai's team dismissed these concerns.

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