Unofficial translation from Russian
On General Elections in Sierra Leone
General elections were held in the Republic of Sierra Leone on May 14 to elect the country's president and members of parliament. For the first time, the Revolutionary United Front, a political movement formed by former rebels, had taken part in the election campaign, which passed on a democratic basis.
The incumbent president, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, was re-elected the head of the state, with more than 70 percent of the votes cast. Candidates from the People's Party he leads got 83 out of the 112 seats in the National Assembly. The All Peoples Congress, and the Grand Alliance party bloc divided the rest of the deputies' mandates (27 and 2 respectively).
The elections have demonstrated that the conditions have been created in the country for transition to a peaceful, constructive life. Their successful holding is the result of the considerable efforts to settle the many-year Sierra Leonean crisis taken by the international community, primarily the UN Security Council, the UN Mission in Sierra Leone, and the Economic Community of West African States.
Moscow expresses hope that the process of stabilizing the internal political situation in Sierra Leone will continue and that the tasks of restoring the institutions of state authority, reintegrating former members of armed formations into civilian life, returning refugees to their native places and reviving the national economy will be constructively solved. The United Nations is called upon to continue to render the leadership of Sierra Leone the necessary assistance in this.
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