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Sierra Leone: Incumbent President Ernest Koroma Wins Re-Election
Sierra leone:  Incumbent President Ernest Koroma won re-election  with  58.7 percent of the vote. His closest rival, opposition leader and retired Brig Gen Julius Maada Bio, came in second with 37.4 percent, according to results announced on Friday by the National Electoral Commission chairwoman Christiana Thorpe.  President Koroma was sworn in late Friday by the country's chief justice.  The 59-year-old president was first elected in 2007 on a ticket of change.
 Koroma polled 1,314,881 out of the 2,350,626 valid votes cast, and Thorpe said that 97.6 percent of votes had been counted. Bio received 837,517 votes. To avoid a runoff, the winning candidate needed to garner at least 55 percent of the vote. Turnout was high with over 87 percent of the 2.6 million registered voters casting ballots. A total of eight challengers attempted to unseat Koroma in the November 17 election, the third presidential poll since the end of Sierra Leone's horrific civil war in 2002.
Parliamentary elections results had yet to be announced by the time we wrote this article.  The Parliamentary elections took place at the same time as the presidential poll, on November 17.  

Election officials say last week's vote drew a large turnout and observers said the voting was peaceful and transparent.

Africa Team

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