Sierra Leone's Defining Moment at the Ballot Box

The presidential vote is a chance for stability in one of Africa's most volatile states

Hany Besada, Ariane Goetz
Published: Wednesday, 08/08/2007 12:00 am EDT

The ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), led by current Vice-President Solomon Berewa, is facing a keenly awaited political contest on Aug. 11, when Sierra Leoneans go to the polls to elect a new president and parliamentary representatives. The polls are the second to take place in Sierra Leone since the end of a brutal, 11-year civil war in 2002. During the first elections in 2002, the SLPP won by a landslide, taking 70 per cent of the votes against their main opposition party, the All People's Congress 24 per cent.

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