Saturday, August 05, 2006

Sierra Leone sets elections after brutal war years Sierra Leone's President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has called elections for July 28, 2007, which will pick his successor as he is constitutionally barred from standing again. Kabbah, who was toppled by soldiers and reinstated by a West African regional peacekeeping force during a brutal 1990s civil war, announced the date on state radio late on Thursday. Kabbah's ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) selected his deputy Solomon Berewa as its candidate last year, sparking a mini-rebellion within the party that saw Kabbah sack three of his government ministers. At least one former party stalwart, lawyer Charles Margai, who hails from one of the West African country's leading political dynasties, plans to stand against Berewa. (read more)