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Vol 54 No 16

Published 2nd August 2013


Sierra Leone

Shadowy third-term plan for Koroma

The constitution restricts presidents to two five-year terms. Confident of their political dominance, top officials in the All People’s Congress are scheming to abolish the term limits. President Koroma's denials are perfunctory and unconvincing

Freetown is full of talk that President Ernest Bai Koroma's closest allies are plotting to amend the constitution to scrap presidential term limits. Along with concerns about rampant corruption in the mining sector and drug trafficking, such a move would raise further doubts about the government's direction. It would also undermine the more talented and reform-minded ministers in Koroma's government who are embarrassed by such political theatre.

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