FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's anti-corruption commission says a former vice president and former minister have been arrested as the West African nation's new leader takes aim at graft.
Commission spokesman Abubakarr Turay says former Vice President Victor Foh and former Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources Minkailu Mansaray were detained Thursday.
Sierra Leone opposition warns against delaying vote
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's opposition presidential candidate warned Sunday that his party will not accept delaying Tuesday's runoff vote after the High Court granted an interim injunction he called a delay tactic by the ruling party.
In a press conference televised live on Sunday, Julius Maada Bio accused President Ernest Bai Koroma and his All Peoples Congress party of "pushing us to the point of chaos in the country."
Sierra Leone presidential election heads to second round
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Election officials in Sierra Leone say balloting to choose the country's next president is heading to a second round in two weeks.
Samura Kamara, outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma's pick as successor, will face off against Julius Maada Bio, who lost to Koroma in 2012.
Bio took 43.3 percent to Kamara's 42.7 percent in the first round of voting last week, according to results released late Tuesday. The two emerged from a crowded field of 16 candidates.
Sierra Leone hopes election can move nation past its misfortunes
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A deadly mudslide. A horrible Ebola virus that killed thousands. And a nation still in recovery from a civil war that killed more than 50,000 people.
As Sierra Leoneans go to the polls on Wednesday, they hope to elect a leader who can help them overcome these tragedies. More than a dozen candidates are vying for votes in Wednesday’s election in what officials hope will be a peaceful democratic transition more than five decades since Sierra Leone gained independence.
Sierra Leone president addresses abandoned Hajj pilgrims
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's anti-corruption commission has declared that three senior government officials and two special assistants have been fired for allegedly selling government funds intended to assist poor people to make the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Threat looms of more mudslides in Sierra Leone amid burials
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The president joined with families in paying final respects Thursday to victims of this week's mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone's capital, while the government warned residents to evacuate a mountainside where a large crack opened.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A pastor in Sierra Leone has discovered the largest uncut diamond found in more than four decades in this West African country and has turned it over to the government, saying he hopes it helps to boost recent development in his impoverished nation.