Sierra Leone's incumbent president wins 2nd term
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - Sierra Leone's incumbent president handily won re-election and was sworn in by the country's chief justice as the capital of the war-scarred country erupted in drumming and celebration.
Mr Ernest Bai Koroma won 58.7 per cent of the vote. His closest rival, opposition leader and retired Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio, came in second with 37.4 per cent, according to results announced on Friday by National Electoral Commission chairman Christiana Thorpe.
Eight challengers attempted to unseat Mr Koroma in the Nov 17 election, the third presidential poll since the end of Sierra Leone's horrific civil war in 2002.
The 11-year war, which was dramatised in the Leonardo Di Caprio film Blood Diamond, wrecked the country's economy. Rebels were known for hacking off the arms of their victims, asking them if they preferred "short sleeves" or "long sleeves." The country is dotted with visual reminders of the war, including a league of amputee soccer teams.