S Leone's Bio to vie for leadership

2010-05-26 14:34

kalahari.com

Freetown - A former military leader, retired general Julius Maada Bio, said on Tuesday he planned to run as leader of Sierra Leone's opposition party to contest presidential elections in 2012.

"I shall contest the 2012 presidential election if I secure the nomination of the SLPP (Sierra Leone People's Party) when it holds its convention (in March 2011)."

"I have had my trials at leadership on a national level as I have led the country at a defining moment when there was a rebel war and I was also able to produce democracy and bring about the peace process," Bio told reporters.

"The fact is that as a military leader, I was able to relinquish power peacefully and won national and international acclaim for that."

This is the second time Bio is seeking the leadership of the party. The first was in 2005 when he came third with 33 votes.

Bio was among a group of young military officers who overthrew the democratic government of President Joseph Momoh in 1992 just after the start of a devastating civil war which would eventually last a decade.

He was deputy leader of the junta until early 1996 when he ousted the leader, Valentine Strasser in a palace coup and took over leadership.

He handed power to President Tejan Kabbah later that year after democratic elections.

Read more on:    sierra leon  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Monday Pinelands - 19:07 PM
    Road name: N2 Inbound
    ACCIDENT before the Jan Smuts Drive exit is CLEARED
  • Monday Langa - 18:54 PM
    Road name: N7 Vanguard Drive
    DELAYS at the N2 Highway
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nintendo Wii Console

Featuring a remarkable wireless controller experience, the Nintendo Wii console...

From R2999.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong emphasis on relationships. Obsession, emotional disputes, retaliation or competitive actions are highlighted....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.