Sierra Leone: Better than Bullets

At a recent political rally in Sierra Leone’s southern city of Bo, one of the placards, held high by a youthful activist, read: ‘Failure is Death!’ The rhetoric is not entirely hysterical. Elections in countries just-emerged from civil wars are as much a test of democracy as they are about how peaceful such nations have become. Add a history of electoral violence, state institutions that are still fragile, and a combustible regional environment, and you begin to understand why voting on August 11 is of importance way beyond the immediate outcome.

The World Today Updated 15 October 2020 Published 1 July 2007 4 minute READ

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