Julius Bio sworn in after winning Sierra Leone presidential run-off

Sierra Leone Peoples Party’s presidential candidate Julius Maada Bio holds his daughter while casting his ballot on March 7, 2018 at a polling station in Freetown. PHOTO | SAIDU BAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone’s opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio secured his first term in office as a civilian Wednesday when he was declared the winner of a controversial presidential run-off — but his opponent vowed to contest the result.

Bio, a former soldier who briefly led a military junta more than two decades ago, won 51.81 percent of ballots in last month’s election, according to official results.

CONTESTED RESULTS

He beat incumbent Samura Kamara, who secured 48.19 percent of the vote, ending a decade in power for Kamara’s All Peoples’ Congress (APC) in the poor West African nation.

Cheers and songs erupted among thousands of Bio’s supporters who were gathered in the capital Freetown on Wednesday evening.

Shortly after the announcement, Bio was sworn in as president, handed a symbolic command baton by the country’s top judge.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.