Weah bows to intense pressure and replace his choice for justice minister

Liberia’s new President George Weah has bowed to intense pressure and replaced his choice for justice minister after local media reported lawyer Charles Gibson was stripped of his license for embezzling a client. A statement withdrawing the nomination with immediate effect was issued following the first serious hiccup for the ex-football star since being sworn in for a six-year term on January 22. Gibson, a high-profile legal figure, was once suspended by the Supreme Court for duping a client out of 25,000 dollars and was ordered to repay the costs. He will be replaced by Musa Dean, previously a lawyer with the National Elections Commission (NEC), who battled Weah’s political opponents in the Supreme Court as they tried to delay the presidential vote that the sportsman won in a landslide. However, the new nomination must be approved by the senate.