Julius Maada Bio, beaten into second place in Sierra Leone's presidential poll according to official results, denounced the election as riddled with fraud in a statement to AFP Saturday.
Incumbent Ernest Koroma was declared the victor by national electoral officials and sworn-in for a second term in office on Friday after sweeping 58 percent of votes in the election held a week ago.Full Story
Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma swept to a second term Friday, winning 58 percent of votes in a poll that observers praised for its peacefulness and which focused on the nation's post-war recovery.
The 59-year-old incumbent triumphed over his main rival Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) who trailed with 37.4 percent of votes.Full Story
Gripped by its worst cholera outbreak in nearly 15 years, which has already left 229 dead, Sierra Leone is likely to see cases triple in the next month as the rainy season hits its peak, estimates show.
In Freetown, the densely populated seaside capital, makeshift houses without toilets or running water crowd the muddy green hills surrounding the city. Slums cluster on the seafront, where rubbish chokes streams and children play in dirty water.Full Story
Sierra Leone's health ministry said Thursday that deaths from a cholera outbreak had reached 220, affecting over 12,000 people in the West African nation, which is struggling to curb the disease.
"Some 12,140 people are affected nationwide in 10 of 12 districts," the health ministry's director of disease prevention and control, Amara Jambai, told journalists, saying the figure included cases recorded up to Wednesday.Full Story
Sierra Leone's health ministry on Wednesday said an outbreak of cholera in the West African country has killed 62 people in less than a month.
The western area, including the capital Freetown, and "three towns in the northern and southern parts of the country have now been declared cholera outbreak areas", said a ministry statement.Full Story
Sierra Leone on Friday launched a $3 million (2.5 million euro) project funded by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to help develop its tourism sector, officials said.
The head of the National Tourism Board, Cecil Williams said: "The fund will be used to formulate an eco-tourism policy and action plan for Sierra Leone and review the Development of Tourism Act."Full Story
A UN-backed war crimes court sentenced Liberia's former president Charles Taylor to 50 years in jail for arming Sierra Leone rebels in return for "blood diamonds".
"The trial chamber unanimously sentences you to a single term of imprisonment for 50 years on all counts," said Special Court for Sierra Leone Judge Richard Lussick at the court based just outside The Hague.Full Story
Sierra Leone's U.N.-backed war crimes court will hear arguments Wednesday on the sentencing of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, who has been convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Prosecutors before the Special Court for Sierra Leone are to say why they think Taylor, 64, should receive an 80-year term in a British jail, while his defense, which claims that his conviction was "bought," will argue in mitigation.Full Story
Authorities are tracking down a Lebanese man who is allegedly playing a critical role in smuggling arms to the Syria opposition, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Thursday.
According to the daily, the Lebanese authorities informed the Syrian authorities about the preliminary investigations regarding the Lebanese navy’s interception of weapons aboard the Sierra Leone-flagged Lutfallah II ship.Full Story
Twenty people travelling on the back of a truck died in a road accident in eastern Sierra Leone when the vehicle careered off the road and plunged into a ditch, police said Saturday.
"Eighteen of the passengers were killed on the spot while the others died later in a nearby rural clinic," police spokesman Superintendent Ibrahim Samura told AFP.Full Story