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Date:05 Apr 2018
#SierraLeoneElections: Opposition Candidate Sworn-in as President

After two rounds of presidential elections, Sierra Leone has finally elected a retired military Brigadier General, Julius Maada Bio to succeed President Ernest Bai Koroma, who served a second five-year term.
 
According to the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone, Mr. Bio, 53, from the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), garnered 51.8 percent of the vote in the presidential runoff which took place on 31st March 2018, narrowly defeating Mr. Samura Kamara from the governing All People’s Congress, who got 48.2% of the eligible votes, 
 
During the first round of voting held on the 7th of March 2018, none of the 16 candidates was able to receive the 55% of total votes cast to be declared a winner. Bio and Kamara were the two leading candidates out of the lot and faced-off in the second round.
 
Julius Maada Bio, was quickly sworn in as the country’s president on the night of Wednesday 4th April 2018, after the announcement of the results by the Electoral Commission. The country’s chief justice, Abdulai Charm, said the inauguration needed to be held quickly to avoid a power vacuum and was in compliance with the country’s Constitution.
 
The losing candidate Mr. Kamara said in a televised address that he was rejecting the National Election Commission's results.
 
"We dispute the results and we will take legal action to correct them," he said.
 
The newly sworn in President Bio has a daunting task ahead, this includes implementing his free education manifesto promise, fighting corruption in the public sector and turning its natural wealth which includes diamonds, bauxite and iron ore into development for the West-African nation.

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