Sierra Leone President Kabbah Will Seek Second Term

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(Rapaport…March 11, 2002) Sierra Leone’s current president, Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, announced on March 8 that he will run for a second term in the presidential elections scheduled for this May. Kabbah was elected to a five-year term in 1996 but a year later was ousted in a military coup. A West African intervention team restored him to power in 1998, igniting increased violence in Sierra Leone’s civil war. His term in office was extended last year in order to prepare for elections.

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