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Less than 24 hours after opposition Julius Maada Bio was sworn-in as President of Sierra Leone, some of his supporters have engaged in violent activities.
The violence erupted in the eastern Sierra Leonean district of Kenema, after the installation of Bio as the country’s fifth president.
Reports out of the town on Thursday suggest running battles between irate youths and the police.
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A police station is reported to have come under attack.
Reports also indicate multiple injuries, some as a result of gunshots.
A source in Kenema told APA that jubilating supporters of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), whose candidate Bio was declared win of the presidential election, went on the rampage trying to attack the resident of a minister in the outgoing government.
The source said the SLPP supporters later resorted to attacking defenseless APC supporters and destroying their market stalls.
Pictures on social media show several people supposedly injured from the incident.
A video footage shared on the social media platform, WhatsApp, shows angry youths mobbing a police officer, while a second officer ran for his life.
The clashes were happening as the newly elected President Bio met with former President Ernest Bai Koroma at State Lodge, for the first time since he was sworn in to office.
The two, according to state officials, discussed details towards a smooth transition.
There have been calls for Bio to act on what’s his first test of security challenge as a president.
Meanwhile, President Bio is scheduled to convene his first major engagement as president on Friday when he meets with all permanent secretaries and professional heads of institution at State House.
This is according to a leaked official communique issued by the Secretary at the Office of the President.
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Abiy Ahmed wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Award
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for immersly efforts to end two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.
Though Africa’s youngest leader still faces big challenges, he has in under two years in power begun political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopia and restored ties with Eritrea that had been frozen since a 1998-2000 border war.
“We are proud as a nation,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement, hailing a “collective win for all Ethiopians, and a call to strengthen our resolve in making Ethiopia – the new horizon of hope – a prosperous nation for all.”
It said the prize was meant to recognize “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”
The Nobel Committee’s decision appeared designed to encourage the peace process, echoing the 1994 peace prize shared by Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the 1993 award for moves towards reconciliation in South Africa, said Dan Smith, head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
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