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Sierra Leoneans Head to the Ballot to Chose New Leader

Sierra Leonean’s are today heading to the polls to elect their new president in a run off that pits Julius Maada Bio against Samura Kamara.

Bio, a former junta leader, won the first round of voting by 43.3 per cent, but failed to attain the 55% of ballots needed to win outright.

The elections are meant to replace President Ernest Bai Koroma who’s finished his two-five year terms.

Koroma hand-picked Kamara to succeed him as president under the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party.

Bio, who is leading the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), lost to Mr Koroma in the last election.

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The 53-year-old was part of a group of soldiers who overthrew the government in 1992. Four years later he staged another coup and ruled Sierra Leone between January and March 1996.

The winner will face pressure to revive a moribund economy that has been ravaged in recent years by low prices for its main export, iron ore, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

The run-off was originally due to take place on Tuesday but the High Court ordered a delay after a member of the ruling party alleged there had been electoral fraud in the first round.

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Written by How Africa

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