Sierra Leone: Can Elections Change Prospects?


As Sierra Leone approaches November presidential, parliamentary and local council elections, it is often depicted as a country unrecognizable from a quarter of a century ago. But legacies of identity politics, violence, corruption and inequality have been - and will continue to be - harder to overcome, writes Sareta Ashraph for Think Africa Press.
  • Sierra Leone:  Can Elections Change Prospects?

    ThinkAfricaPress, 19 October 2012

    Sierra Leone's legacies of identity politics, violence, corruption and inequality have proven difficult to overcome. Will the election change that? read more »

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    Concord Times, 10 October 2012

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    Concord Times, 4 October 2012

    In circumstances where two candidates possess distinctive credentials that match a particular job opening, choosing between them to fill in the vacancy becomes very tricky or ... read more »

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