Julius Maada Bio, the main opposition candidate, has been declared victor of the March 31 presidential run-off. He defeated former foreign minister Samura Wilson Kamara of the ruling All People's Congress Party, who garnered just over 48 percent.
Julius Maada Bio has been sworn in as Sierra Leone's new president after winning a tight run-off vote. The run-off came after no candidate secured the required 55% of votes in the first round of voting on March 7.
More than 2.5 million people, or 81 per cent of eligible registered voters, cast ballots in the runoff, said election commission's chairman, Mohamed N'Fah Alie Conteh.
The ex-president said, "I bid farewell to President Koroma before I drove to the sea coach to leave for Lungi Airport".
Bio would replace President Ernest Bai Koroma of APC, who has completed his two terms of five years each.
Though marred by sporadic clashes and a stalemate between candidates over vote counting, global observers hailed the election as largely peaceful, a boon for a country still carrying the scars of civil war in the 1990s and the Ebola outbreak earlier this decade.
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He said he left because his agreement with The Commonwealth had ended.
Mr Bio pledged to govern for all Sierra Leoneans at the ceremony.
"The long nights, early mornings, long meetings, diplomatic shuttles were all aimed at helping Sierra Leone choose their leader freely, maintain the peace and consolidate their democracy". Then a day before the elections were due to take place on March 27, a court injunction was lifted which forced the election commission to push the vote back.
"Our president, President Brigadier Maada Bio, has been elected", said Richard Tommy, a supporter of the SLPP.
Through John Mahama's timely intervention and display of his unique diplomatic and conflict resolution skills resolved a disturbing confrontation between the main opposition party, the Sierra Leone Peoples Party, SLPP led by Julius Maada Bio and the Police when counting was underway after close of poll.
The run-off was held on Saturday.