Sierra Leone swears in opposition leader as new president

SIERRA LEONE- Sierra Leone’s election commission declared main opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio as the West African nation’s new president on Wednesday, giving the opposition party its first presidency in 10 years.

Bio won Saturday’s runoff vote with 51.81% of valid votes cast, the National Electoral Commission said. The former military leader running for the Sierra Leone Peoples Party beat ruling party candidate Samura Kamara, who received 48.19% of the votes.

Sierra Leone has experienced the few years of political instability and the recent peaceful presidential elections has been seen a step forward in the countries stability.

The close vote against former president Kamara, the Chief Election Commissioner Adluai  Charm swore in Julius Maad Bio as the new leader alongside his Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh who was announced hours before their swearing in.

The new administration will have to tackle the high poverty levels, unemployment rates, the health care system and education as the country grapples with many issues.

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