After a Drawn-Out Vote, Sierra Leone’s New President Settles In

Julius Maada Bio heads to a polling station to cast his ballot during the runoff presidential vote, Freetown, Sierra Leone, March 31, 2018 (AP photo by Cooper Inveen).
Julius Maada Bio heads to a polling station to cast his ballot during the runoff presidential vote, Freetown, Sierra Leone, March 31, 2018 (AP photo by Cooper Inveen).

Almost a month after voters went to the polls in the first round of elections, Sierra Leone has chosen a new president. Julius Maada Bio, the candidate for the Sierra Leone People’s Party, secured 51.8 percent of the vote in the March 31 runoff against Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress. Maada Bio, who lost in the first round of 2012’s presidential race, was sworn in as president on April 4. This is not the first time Maada Bio has led Sierra Leone, as he was the military head of a transitional government for three months in 1996. […]

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