Sierra Leone elects junta head as civilian
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.