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Vol 48 No 16

Published 3rd August 2007

Sierra Leone

The first-round fight

The governing party may be on its way out and the campaign seems to be turning nasty

Solomon Berewa wants a first-round victory on 11 August. As more than 2.6 million Sierra Leoneans prepare to elect a new president and 112 members of parliament, the grip of his governing Sierra Leone People's Party is less sure than it has been for years. 566 candidates are standing, 64 of them women. Berewa, now Vice-President, needs 55% of the vote to win outright.

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