Voters wait in line to cast their ballots during the runoff presidential elections outside a polling station in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Saturday March. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Cooper Inveen)
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Sierra Leone voted Saturday in a poll delayed by fraud allegations to choose a successor to President Ernest Bai Koroma who leaves a country still struggling after the Ebola epidemic.Politics in the West African country of over seven million people has been dominated by two parties since independence from Britain in 1961: the ruling All People's Congress, now fielding ex-foreign minister Samura Kamara, and the Sierra Leone People's Party behind Julius Maada Bio, who briefly ruled as head of a military junta in 1996 .The generally peaceful nature of the election, and the fact that Koroma is stepping down while other African presidents seek to extend their mandates, is seen as a positive sign for Sierra Leone that was ripped apart by a 1990s civil war made infamous by the use of child soldiers.
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