Nigerian leader congratulates new President of Sierra Leone

06 April, 2018, 04:26 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Julius Maada Bio runs neck and neck with Kamara

Maada Bio was the torch bearer of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), while Kamara was the candidate of the ruling All Peoples Congress in the election that went into a run-off.

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For him if there was "anyone sent to rig an election it would not be and should not be a former President of Ghana".

The campaign was characterised by ugly verbal exchanges and sporadic violence with Bio accusing the APC of using police intimidation against his party.

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The outcome of the presidential run-off held on March 31 is expected to be released today.

The electoral law offers a seven-day period for anyone with challenges to the results to file a case before the courts.

Sierra Leone's election commission has declared the former military leader Julius Maada Bio president after a tight run-off vote.

Sixteen political parties contested in the elections, with more than 3.1 million voters registered across the country.

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Outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma has served two terms and was barred by the constitution from running again.

The President in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja, Thursday, urged all stakeholders in Sierra Leone to work together for the peace, security and development of the country especially as the elections had been concluded and in view of the trend of recently held peaceful elections in West Africa. For years, Sierra Leone was rated one of Africa's most dynamic economies but it has slowed sharply since 2014, weighed down by the Ebola outbreak and a global commodity price decline. Mr. Bio was made deputy head of state then. This was Bio's second bid for the presidency.

In the March 7 general election, neither candidate had reached the 55 percent threshold constitutionally required to win.

In his first public speech after the coup, Bio justified his actions as a means to return Sierra Leone to a democratically elected civilian government and end the Sierra Leone civil war. His wife Fatima is a practicing Muslim, and an ethnic Mandingo from Koidu, Kono District in eastern Sierra Leone.

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