Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Population: 6.1 mn.
GDP: 4.5 bn.
Debt: 1.0 bn.

The opposition claims that Ernest Bai Koroma intends to remain President beyond 2017, the official end of his term. Investment in the mining sector has slowed, while corruption, youth unemployment and the lack of infrastructure present major challenges for the All People's Congress government. 


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  • Vol 54 No 25
  •  13th December 2013

Changing the constitution

After two seats controversially changed hands, the governing All People’s Congress (APC) is just one seat short of a two-thirds majority in Parliament. That’s the vote needed, if backed by a referendum, to change the constitution. Constituenci...

  • Vol 54 No 24
  •  22nd November 2013

Koroma’s legacy

The President’s biggest promise was to renew the country’s infrastructure but criticism of his record is growing, especially on roads and power

  • Vol 54 No 24
  •  22nd November 2013

Two divided houses

The opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party is still struggling to find its feet in spite of a series of political and economic slips by the governing All People’s Congress, which is suffering internal stress of its own. The SLPP leader, Julius...

  • Vol 54 No 23
  •  15th November 2013

Angry Koroma lashes out at the press

Amidst growing intolerance of dissent, police threw two journalists into prison after the President took offence at a newspaper article

  • Vol 54 No 18
  •  6th September 2013

Bah reveals official links

Breaking his silence, Ibrahim Bah denies he has blood on his hands and claims to have set up many ventures and worked closely with ministers

  • Vol 54 No 17
  •  23rd August 2013

Koroma helps warlord escape trial

The President's secret deportation of an ex-warlord and ally of Charles Taylor blatantly snubs the United States government and human rights campaigners

  • Vol 54 No 16
  •  2nd August 2013

Shadowy third-term plan for Koroma

The constitution restricts presidents to two five-year terms. Confident of their political dominance, top officials in the All People’s Congress are scheming to abolish the term limits. President Koroma's denials are perfunctory and unconvincing

  • Vol 54 No 15
  •  19th July 2013

Bah humbug

After Africa Confidential had revealed that Ibrahima Bah, a warlord in Sierra Leone’s civil war now under United Nations’ sanctions, was living unmolested in Freetown, police arrested him on 7 June. Now he has been released, says a source in t...

  • Vol 54 No 10
  •  10th May 2013

Impunity in Freetown

An arms and gem dealer for the civil war militias lives openly in the capital with apparent government approval and in defiance of UN sanctions

  • Vol 54 No 10
  •  10th May 2013

Testimony on Bah

Transcripts from the Special Court on Sierra Leone’s trial of Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor contain copious evidence about the central role of Ibrahima Bah in diamond trading and arms supply, under the heading ‘The Role of Intermediaries’.

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