Luisa Enria

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In this 2012 photo, voters in Sierra Leone wait in line to take part in presidential, parliamentary and local elections. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

On March 7, Sierra Leone will vote to elect a new president as well as parliamentarians and district representatives. Incumbent Ernest Bai Koroma, of the All People’s Congress (APC), is standing down, having served the constitutional limit of two five-year terms. His chosen successor, Samura Kamara, will run against Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and Kandeh Yumkella of the newly minted National Grand Coalition (NGC). In addition to the three main contenders, 13 other candidates have provisional approval to run.

Could Sierra Leone be about to witness its third democratic transition from one party to another since it won independence from Britain in 1961?…  Seguir leyendo »