Sierra Leone election: Julius Maada Bio fast-tracks presidential oath in a hotel

Sierra Leone’s opposition candidate, Julius Maada Bio, has rushed to take his presidential oath in a hotel after winning the run-off election.

Mr Maada Bio is a former military ruler who briefly ruled the country in 1996.

He narrowly beat ruling party candidate Samura Kamara, who has alleged irregularities and says he will challenge the outcome in court.

Mr Maada Bio was sworn in on Wednesday, less than two hours after being declared the winner of Saturday’s vote.

“[This is] the dawn of a new era,” he said. “The people of this great nation have voted to take a new direction.”

In a televised address, Mr Kamara said: “We dispute the results and we will take legal action to correct them.” He also urged his supporters to stay calm.

Mr Maada Bio, leader of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), won just under 52% of the vote.

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  1. Chamisa for President 2018

    Kugona mbavha kuirongera.

  2. Bhudhimudyiwa Mukuwashawatakaruza

    Comment…KYKYKYKY!!!!!Vanhu vakuru vanenge pwerewo nhayi. Kuita semupwere atengerwa chekutambisa chitsva.

  3. Its good news for the opposition to win an election in an African country as it raises hope for others trying to offset themselves from the yoke of these brutal regimes. Nonetheless they have to learn from such winners as victory is not taken on a silver platter. Let the MDC-T cum Alliance go back to the drawing board to find where the rains started beating them.

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