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Vol 43 No 11

Published 31st May 2002

Sierra Leone

Kabbah's cabal

After an easy election win, the President must tackle corruption and placate the north

The elections on 14 May were justifiably hailed as a victory for peace. Veterans said they were the least violent in the country's post-independence history (AC Vol 43 Nos 7 & 10). The worst incident came in Freetown on 11 May, when supporters of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) attacked the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) headquarters and killed two activists. Polling day was peaceful almost everywhere. Three months earlier, the United Nations had declared the end of ten years of war, a task that took 18,000 international peacekeepers, political backing from Britain and Nigeria, and Sierra Leonean determination to stop the brutality. The peace is still fragile.

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