Sierra Leoneans pour out as president Maada Bio takes office

Sierra Leone president Julius Maada Bio was inaugurated into office on Saturday after winning the presidential elections – at the time as leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).

The event took place at the Siaka Steven Satdium in the capital Freetown. It was attended by presidents from across Africa and by foreign dignitaries.

President Maada Bio in his capacity as Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces inspected a guard of honour and delivered an address.

He beat his main opponent former Foreign Affairs chief, Samura Kamara, in a presidential poll that went into a second round between the two.

As per law, he was sworn in as president barely an hour after the National Electoral Commission declared him winner. That event took place at a Freetown hotel.

Kamara, a former military ruler, takes over from Ernest Bai Koroma who had been in charge of the country for the last decade.

The APC, the main opposition party, filed a court petition against Maada Bio’s victory. The case has yet to be heard.

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