Saturday, September 22, 2007

Sierra Leone: Voters' views

Ernest Bai Koroma has been sworn in as Sierra Leone's president, shortly after being declared the winner of a tense run-off election.

Composite image L-R: Boy carrying bucket, election results, street celebrations, man listening to radio [AP]

Mr Koroma, the opposition leader, won 54.6% of the final vote against Vice-President Solomon Berewa's 45.4%.

We asked four registered voters for their views on Mr Koroma's win. Click on the links below to read their opinions.

Ernest Gborie Unemployed graduate, 21 Bo, southern Sierra Leone

'I really want to commend all citizens for a job well done'

Odette Johnson Secretary, 26 Freetown, capital

'I think big of the man who is our new president' Bernard Sisay Marketing director, 39 Freetown, capital

'Five years from now our country will be a better place'

Joseph Johnbull Pastor, 29 Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone

'I am not particularly worried about the minor skirmishes'

The contributors are selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible but may not be representative of wider public opinion.

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