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Consolidating Democracy in Post-War Sierra Leone

Chatham House, London


Brig. (rtd) Julius Maada Bio, Sierra Leone People's Party
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House


In recent years, Sierra Leone has had to contend with national emergencies such as the devastating Ebola crisis and the flooding that struck the nation’s capital in August 2017.

Together with such hurdles, the post-conflict state has sought to continue along a democratic trajectory, and Sierra Leoneans go to the polls in March 2018 to elect a new president.

The next administration faces significant tasks of advancing development, improving socio-economic prospects in particular for the country’s young people and further consolidating Sierra Leone’s fledgling democracy.

At this event, Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, presidential candidate for the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party, discusses the role of the main opposition party and other stakeholders in ensuring that the upcoming elections are credible and peaceful.