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Vol 53 No 10

Published 11th May 2012

Sierra Leone

Champagne for the candidates

Both Koroma and Bio try to shrug off accusations of chicanery and greed as they prepare for an epic presidential struggle

When the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) chose Julius Maada Bio to compete against President Ernest Bai Koroma last year, the pro-government media reckoned the November 2012 polls were as good as over. The aggressive pro-government website Cocorioko reported that ‘strategists and top echelons of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) popped Champagne, clinked glasses, and tap-backed themselves’.

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