Having won the election with around 52 percent of votes, the opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio was elected President of Sierra Leone. His opponent from the governing party, the outgoing Foreign Minister Samura Kamara, gained around 48 percent. Samura Kamara and Julius Maada Bio are members of the two parties that have led the country since its independence in 1961, the All People’s Congress (APC) and the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP). The presidential run-off was due to take place on March 27 but was postponed to March 31 when the High Court in the capital, Freetown, decided to temporarily suspend the election based on APC accusations of electoral fraud during the March 7 first round. Julius Maada Bio won the first round with 43.3 percent of votes, with Kamara at 42.6 percent. The outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma, in power since 2007, was unable to run for re-election as he had already reached the constitutional maximum of two terms.
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