Patronage and Ethnic Divisions Hobble Sierra Leone’s Political Parties

Patronage and Ethnic Divisions Hobble Sierra Leone’s Political Parties
A banana seller walks past election posters, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Nov. 19, 2012 (AP photo by Rebecca Blackwell).

In late April, on Sierra Leone’s independence day, police raided the headquarters of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party, firing shots and arresting supporters. In an email interview, Jimmy Kandeh, a professor at the University of Richmond, discussed the state of the opposition and domestic politics in Sierra Leone. WPR: What are the opposition parties in Sierra Leone, and how broad is their support across the country? Jimmy Kandeh: The main opposition party in Sierra Leone is the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), which, like the incumbent All People’s Congress (APC), is a blatantly corrupt patronage outfit. Founded in 1951, […]

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