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Sierra Leone goes to the polls

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Voters in Sierra Leone head for the polls to elect a new president and members of parliament, the first since UN peacekeepers left the country two-years ago. The vote marks a watershed in the west African country’s recovery from an 11-year civil war.
The previous election held in 2002 was organised by the UN. Young people, many of whom drifted into the capital Freetown after the war, are looking for a change as unemployment is running at some 60-percent. Seven candidates are standing in the presidential election to replace President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah who is stepping down under the constitution after his Sierra Leone People’s Party failed to provide water, power or decent roads in one of the world’s poorest countries.