Opposition wins in Sierra Leone

Opposition candidate Ernest Bai Koroma has won Sierra Leone's presidential run-off, election officials declared Monday.

Opposition wins in Sierra Leone

Opposition candidate Ernest Bai Koroma has won Sierra Leone's presidential run-off, election officials declared Monday.

Koroma received 55 percent of the 1.7 million votes counted, compared with 45 percent for the ruling party candidate, Vice President Solomon Berewa, election commission chief Christiana Thorpe said.

The presidential vote was Sierra Leone's first since U.N. peacekeepers withdrew two years ago.

Though rich in diamonds, Sierra Leone has a citizenry that is poor and unemployed. Corruption is rampant.

President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah was barred by law from running for a third five-year term.

Koroma, 54, led the first round of voting on Aug. 11, winning 44 percent of the vote, compared with 38 percent for Berewa, 69. However, that margin was not large enough to win outright.

About 2.6 million of Sierra Leone's 5 million people registered to vote. A simple majority was needed for victory.

AP

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