Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says Francis Korkpor will be the country's new chief justice.

Korkpor, 61, will replace Johnny Lewis who resigned last year due to ill health.

Until his appointment as chief justice, Korpor, a devout Catholic, acted as the interim chief justice.

Korkpor has been an associate justice of the Supreme Court since the end of the civil war nearly 10 years ago.

Sirleaf also announced the nomination of a second woman to the bench of the Supreme Court, Sie-A-Yeaneh Youh, in the position of associate justice.