Sierra Leone’s peaceful election!

September 18, 2007 at 7:28 pm 1 comment

Ernest Bai Koroma has become the next president of Sierra Leone.

Running on a platform of “zero tolerance for corruption”, he will be the country’s first elected president since peacekeepers left after the incredibly bloody civil war that left tens of thousands dead and created only-god-knows how many amputees.

Despite the hundreds of looters who decimated the outgoing party’s (SLPP)  headquarters, stealing everything from furniture to coat racks, and the ensuing (almost gratuitous) police use of tear gas to quell them which resulted in at least one civilian death, it was a relatively peaceful transfer of power.

My last post about Sierra Leone cynically predicted a violent and bloody election. I am happily (if still a bit wary) surprised. It appears that the people may be tired of the mayhem and destruction that comes with cronyism and party worship.

Sundays reports of the SLPP’s protests of fraud and descrepancies had me holding my breath, but they seem to have had enough bloodshed, too.

I’m not ready to admit that all is well, but I am beginning to feel optimistic. It would be great to see another exception to African politics of barbarism and horror.

Sierra Leone’s new president inaugurated

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  • 1. Denise  |  September 18, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Lets hope female circumcision is taken to task and outlawed

    sluggabohn says: ooohh! you hit one of my sore spots! Isn’t it unbelievable that atrocities like this are still happening?! But, in fairness to Sierra Leone, female circumcision is more of an Eastern Horn of Africa practice.

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