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Sierra Leone election: Julius Maada Bio beats Samura Kamara in first spherical

A voter casts her ballot at a polling station during Sierra Leone"s general election in Freetown, Sierra Leone March 7, 2018.Picture copyright

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The primary spherical vote happened on 7 March

The primary opposition challenger in Sierra Leone has gained the primary spherical of the presidential election.

Julius Maada Bio secured 43.three% of the vote, wanting the 55% he wanted to keep away from a second spherical run-off.

He’ll now face the ruling get together candidate, Samura Kamara, who was behind by simply zero.6%, in two weeks.

Regardless of the vote being largely peaceable, heavily-armed troopers and police had been deployed across the capital Freetown forward of the announcement.

The tight race was fought on the platforms of corruption, the financial system and the state of the nation’s schooling and well being.

There was no response but from the 2 males who had each as soon as served in a army junta when Brig Bio appointee Mr Kamara as his finance minister in 1996.

They may each want the assist of the boys who got here third and fourth, though that’s more likely to be tough as they had been each, at one time, members of the main candidates’ events.

One was expelled from the ruling get together, whereas the opposite resigned from the primary opposition.

Yasir Ali
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