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Vol 63 No 5

Published 3rd March 2022

Sierra Leone

Formidable first lady flexes her muscles

Her critics in the ruling party accuse Fatima Bio of plotting to push out Vice-President Jalloh. That could cost votes in next year's elections

To some, First Lady Fatima Bio is a strong, astute politician in her own right, but to others a bully who may have overstepped her bounds in the party and State House and has her eyes on the presidency in 2028. That's a charge she hotly denies. One faction sees a charismatic and outgoing complement to her husband President Julius Maada Bio's low-key manner; others say she has too much power and can command her husband to hire and fire whom she likes.

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