Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been sworn in as the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia, at a ceremony witnessed by distinguished personalities that included the leaders of the country's three neighboring countries – Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Côte d'Ivoire.
United States Secretary of State, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, led the American delegation to the ceremony, which was also attended by the President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade and the President of Benin, Dr. Boni Yayi.
The occasion was also witnessed by leaders of Liberian opposition parties, among them, Cllr. Winston Tubman and Ambassador George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change, and Cllr. Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party.
The Oath of Office was administered on Monday, January 16, by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, His Honor Johnnie N. Lewis, on the grounds of the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
In her Inaugural Address, President Johnson Sirleaf said the foundations for peace and prosperity have now been laid, emphasizing that it is now time to hasten the administration's true mission of putting people, especially the young, first and lifting the lives of all Liberians.
In her Address, titled "The Values of a Patriot," the Liberian President called for patriotism to achieve the daunting task of nation building. She said government will play its part in creating the conditions for growth and development, but citizens must join in the effort to achieve the objectives set by government.
"I call on you, my fellow citizens, to join me in renewing our resolve to restore our country and lead it to its grand destiny," the President said, urging Liberians to be proud of what has already been achieved, "but a still fiercer resolve to do all that must yet be done so that all Liberians thrive in freedom, equality and friendship.