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Vol 53 No 24

Published 30th November 2012

Sierra Leone

Clouds over Koroma’s victory

Claims of electoral fraud and threats of militant protest by the opposition shadow the start of the President’s second term

President Ernest Bai Koroma avoided a potentially contentious second-round in the presidential poll by defeating Julius Maada Bio outright on 17 November. It was announced on 23 November that President Koroma had won 58.7% of the vote. Bio polled just 37.4% in a contest that many had expected to be closer. The Sierra Leone People’s Party took 40% of parliamentary seats and nine of the 19 local councils. However, on 28 November, the SLPP ordered its members of parliament and councils to observe a boycott until the the party’s concerns on the conduct of the poll were met.

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