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Vol 48 No 19

Published 21st September 2007

Sierra Leone

A clean sweep, maybe

A peaceful transfer of power bodes well for serious reform and fresh aid for a broken country

Sierra Leone joined an African elite on Monday when its opposition party was voted into power. Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People’s Congress (APC) becomes President, with 54.6% of the vote, on 8 September. His country sorely needs direction, and results. Even the outgoing President, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah (known affectionately as ‘Pa Kabbah’, for his role in restoring peace to a destroyed country after its 1991-2002 civil war) was keen to focus on the better aspects of an electoral process that allowed the people’s will to count. There were problems. It was a scramble to get the results out before the governing (and losing) Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) could slap an injunction on the National Electoral Commission (NEC), claiming there were discrepancies in the slowly released cumulative results.

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