Sierra Leone elects junta head as civil­ian

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

9 Sierra Leone’s op­po­si­tion chal­lenger, Julius Maada Bio, se­cured his first term in of­fice as a civil­ian af­ter be­ing de­clared the win­ner of a con­tro­ver­sial pres­i­den­tial runoff.

Bio, a for­mer sol­dier who briefly led a mil­i­tary junta more than two decades ago, won 51.81% of bal­lots in last month’s elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial re­sults. He beat in­cum­bent Sa­mura Ka­mara, who se­cured 48.19% of the vote, end­ing a decade in power for Ka­mara’s All Peo­ples’ Congress (APC). The of­fi­cial re­sults of the vote were de­layed by a dis­pute over the method of tal­ly­ing that left bal­lot pa­pers from 11,000 polling sta­tions un­counted. The cam­paign saw ugly ver­bal ex­changes and spo­radic vi­o­lence, with Bio ac­cus­ing the APC of us­ing po­lice to in­tim­i­date his party.

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