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Has Liberia's George Weah scored an own goal?

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The Liberian economy has taken a serious nose-dive under the leadership of former soccer icon, President George Weah. He came to power in January 2018, elected on promises to revive the nation’s economy and improve living standards, but he is struggling to turn things around.

A busy street in the Liberian capital Monrovia, May 2019
A busy street in the Liberian capital Monrovia, May 2019 Darlington Porkpa

Since Weah's election, prices of basic commodities such as rice, cooking oil and sugar have more than doubled. The local currency has seen a drastic depreciation. You currently need 176 Liberian dollars to buy a single United States dollar.

As correspondent Darlington Porkpa reports from Monrovia, there is growing consternation over the government’s inability to address the situation.

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