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Elections in Sierra Leone

Today, five years after the end of a vicious civil war, the people of Sierra Leone are going to the polls to elect a president and members of parliament. Still the country is far from recovered from the war. According to a UN Secretary General report in May, overall poor living conditions along with “high rates of youth unemployment… remain key threats to the country’s fragile stability.” However, the fact that elections are taking place is a step in the right direction. Together with inter alia the work of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which handed down its first judgment in June 2007 (see the previous post) and has to decide on the Prosecutor v. Charles Ghankay Taylor soon, the reconstruction of the country is well on its way.

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