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Vol 53 No 4

Published 17th February 2012

Sierra Leone

Early exit for UN envoy

President Koroma falls out with a top diplomat over allegations of political interference

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon closed the door on a bitter dispute with the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma by recalling his Executive Representative for the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone, Michael von der Schulenburg, on 2 February. Koroma had grown increasingly angry at what he and his supporters saw as Unipsil’s unwarranted interference in local politics. The UN believed it was defending the peacebuilding process and helping to pave the way to free and fair elections.

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