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2018 Poll In Sierra Leone Takes New Shape As Major Candidates Are Announced

Just like Liberia recently did, Sierra Leoneans will by year 2018 go to the polls to elect a new president after the incumbent Ernest Bai Koroma will no longer be eligible to stand after serving two consecutive terms.

Koroma came to power in 2007 under the aegis of the All People’s Congress (APC), he won a second term in November 2012. The two main candidates aiming for Bai Koroma’s seat are a minister and former junta leader turned politician.

The ruling APC has subsequently chosen the current Foreign Minister, Dr Samura Camara, as its candidate for the March 2018 polls. Koroma is on record to have said he is the man to win the elections for the APC in March.

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Bio beat three others in the primaries with all his contenders pledging to support him wrestle power from the APC.

A Reuters journalist in the country, Umaru Fofana, pointed out a political history between the two men dating back to 1996.

There was talk of a possible postponement of the elections after a deadly mudslide in August left hundreds dead. The government at the time was said to be considering the imposition of a state of emergency on relief and political grounds. The current development means that move will not be pursued.

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