Challenger Bio wins run-off vote, decades after being part of military force that seized power in 1992 coup

Sierra Leone’s opposition challenger, Julius Maada Bio, has secured his first term in office as a civilian after being declared the winner of a controversial presidential run-off.

Bio, a former soldier who briefly led a military junta more than two decades ago, won 51.81% of ballots in last month’s election, according to official results released on Wednesday.

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