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Sierra Leone election observers urge transparent tallying as unrest simmers

Sierra Leone election observers urge transparent tallying as unrest simmers

COOPER INVEEN SIERRA Leone counted votes in a tense presidential election following violence and the death of an opposition party volunteer at the weekend, as international observers voiced concern about a lack of transparency in the tallying of ballots. Provisional results are expected within 48 hours of Saturday's vote, in which incumbent President Julius Maada Bio ran for a second term against a backdrop of public frustration over growing economic hardship in the West African nation. The head of the main All People's Congress (APC) opposition party, Samuel Kamara, is seen as Bio's main rival. Police fired tear gas at supporters…
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