A voter casts her ballot at a polling station during Sierra Leone's general election in Freetown, Sierra Leone March 7, 2018. (REUTERS/Olivia Acland)
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Sierra Leone voters queued for hours in steamy humidity on Wednesday to elect a new leader they hope will bring an end to years of economic crisis caused by the twin shocks of a commodities slump and an Ebola epidemic.Adama Sesay, a widow with six children, was so anxious to get to the polling station that she left her house at five.The Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015 and the global commodities downturn dragged Sierra Leone's economy into the doldrums.Since then, growth has been sluggish and many hope Koroma's 10-year stint will be followed by a leader who can do more to improve the lives of citizens on the poverty line.
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