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Sierra Leone to vote for new leader after years of economic crisis | Africanews - 7 Mar 2018 02:18

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Sierra Leone will vote on Wednesday for a successor to President Ernest Bai Koroma in an election dominated by an economic crisis caused by a collapse in iron ore prices and an Ebola epidemic. Sixteen candidates are vying for the top job and four are seen as having a realistic chance of following Koroma, who has served his maximum two terms. A civil war in the 1990s, fueled by conflict diamonds and fought in part by child soldiers, killed tens of thousands of people and wrecked the West African country’s economy. The country lacks so many things. We need somebody who is going ... to prepare for the future, but as for now we are not anywhere (able) to compete with the next phase of the world. An iron ore boom this millennium enabled years of double digit growth after the war, but this was cut short by a 2014 ...
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