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Vol 49 No 14

Published 4th July 2008


Sierra Leone

Slow turnaround

Slow progress on the economy and against corruption is rubbing the sheen off last year's free elections

On election, President Ernest Bai Koroma gave himself three years to turn Sierra Leone around, but the first year has been unimpressive, and the smart performance of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's government in Liberia makes its neighbour look flat-footed. Stunts quickly fell by the wayside. The newly reinstalled Cleaning Day, when everyone was supposed to deliver rubbish to pick-up points every last Saturday of the month, came to grief over the argument that it was too expensive to collect the refuse, and the mayor should take the lead. The stench remains.

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