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Vol 59 No 9

Published 4th May 2018

Sierra Leone

Narrow win constrains Bio

The new President is reaching out across party lines to compensate for his lack of a majority in parliament

Never one to shy away from flouting convention, President Julius Maada Bio has shown that he will not be constrained by a narrow win in the 31 March runoff, nor by his lack of a majority in Parliament. On 9 April, five days in to his five-year term, he issued an executive order closing separate revenue collection accounts for state agencies and creating a single account at the central bank. Nor was he put off by the riotous proceedings in Parliament during which the Speaker ordered police to clear out angry MPs on 25 April.

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