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UN chief congratulates the people of S. Leone and president-elect Bio

 United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UNITED NATIONS––The Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres on Thursday congratulated Sierra Leone’s President-elect Julius Maada Bio and the people of Sierra Leone for their peaceful and successful election process.

The secretary-general also appeals for continued calm and stresses the need for all stakeholders to seek redress of any grievances that could arise through established legal means, according to a statement from the chief UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.

A UN release said the secretary-general congratulated retired brigadier general Maada Bio on his election as the next president of Sierra Leone, the opposition candidate Samura Kamara, and all the candidates for their contributions to the successful outcome of the democratic electoral process.

“He also applauds the people of Sierra Leone for the sense of responsibility that they have demonstrated in successfully completing the elections in a peaceful manner,” the spokesman said.

International election observers and eyewitnesses say there had been reports of violence and irregularities during the first round of balloting.

U.N. spokesman Dujarric released the statement following Wednesday’s announcement in the capital of Freetown by the National Electoral Commission of the final results of the presidential run-off election which took place on last weekend.

Retired Brigadier General Maada Bio narrowly defeated the ruling party candidate, Samura Kamara, a former minister of finance and foreign affairs.

“The secretary-general commends the efforts of the national, regional and international electoral observation teams as well as those of his special representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas,” the spokesman said.

“The secretary-general reiterated the support of the United Nations to the new government in consolidating peace and pursuing sustainable development,” Dujarric said.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.
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