Julius Maada Bio taking the presidential oath in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 4 April 2018

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Julius Maada Bio has dominated the nation briefly earlier than

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

Mr Maada Bio is a former soldier who briefly dominated the nation in 1996.

He narrowly beat ruling get together candidate Samura Kamara, who has challenged the outcome, alleging irregularities.

Mr Kamara, an economist by coaching, stated he’ll problem the end result in courtroom.

Mr Maada Bio took the oath within the capital Freetown on Wednesday after profitable just below 52% of the vote.

President Ernest Bai Koroma has stepped apart after serving two five-year phrases.

Mr Maada Bio, who’s main the primary opposition Sierra Leone Folks’s Social gathering (SLPP), misplaced to Mr Koroma within the final election. However Mr Maada Bio had already dominated the nation briefly.

The 53-year-old was a part of a gaggle of troopers who overthrew the federal government in 1992. 4 years later he staged one other coup and dominated Sierra Leone between January and March 1996.

His supporters level to that to name him the “father of democracy”.

However his critics cite human rights violations witnessed whereas he was in energy, for which he has taken “collective accountability”.

By Umaru Fofana in Freetown

It has been a typically acrimonious marketing campaign with the defeated candidate’s get together accusing the electoral fee, overseas observers, civil society and journalists of being part of a global conspiracy handy the election to Mr Maada Bio.

Even with the nation’s deep-rooted ethnic politics, tribalism got here to the fore extra prominently than ever earlier than.

With a slender consequence, the brand new president has vowed to heal the divisions, and construct again the nation’s damaged instructional system. He has a troublesome job forward of him, made more durable by the truth that his get together is a minority in parliament.