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Sierra Leonean officials' resignations indicate hand-picked presidential successor, policy continuity likely even if constitutional term limits unamended

17 March 2017

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Several Sierra Leonean government officials resigned from their posts on 10 March, reflecting a constitutional requirement for them to step down to be able to contest the presidency and vice-presidency in the elections scheduled for 8 March 2018.

The prospective candidates include Kaifalah Marah (ex-central bank governor), Alimamy Petito Koroma (former ambassador to China), Dr Sam Sesay (former special adviser), Alhaji Alpha Kanu (former special adviser), and Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara (former attorney-general). IHS Markit sources also report that now-retired Sierra Rutile chief executive John Bornor Sisay has toured Sierra Leone since late 2016 to mobilise support for a likely presidential bid.

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