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Claims of electoral fraud and threats of militant protest by the opposition shadow the start of the President’s second term

President Ernest Bai Koroma avoided a potentially contentious second-round in the presidential poll by defeating Julius Maada Bio outright on 17 November. It was announced on 23 November that President Koroma had won 58.7% of the vote. Bio polled just 37.4% in a contest that many had expected to be closer. The Sierra Leone People’s Party took 40% of parliamentary seats and nine of the 19 local councils. However, on 28 November, the SLPP ordered its members of parliament and councils to observe a boycott until the the party’s concerns on the conduct of the poll were met.

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Ernest Bai Koroma, Julius Maada Bio, Solomon Berewa, Thomas Nyuma, Robin Farley, Richard Howitt, British, United States, Zambian, Rupiah Banda, Musa Tamba Sam, Liberia, Christiana Thorpe, Kenya, AC

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