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Bradford alumnus and student elected as President of Sierra Leone

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The University of Bradford offered huge congratulations to alumnus and PhD student, Julius Maada Bio, who has been sworn in as leader of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Opposition candidate Mr Maada Bio took the Presidential oath to become the leader of the African nation on Wednesday 4 April.

As well as being a senior research fellow at the University, Julius is the leader of the Sierra Leone People’s Party and a former military ruler who briefly ruled the country in 1996.

He received 51.8 percent of the vote in the runoff on Saturday 31 March, beating Samura Kamara from the governing party, the All People’s Congress, who won 48.2 percent, according to Electoral Commission figures.

Having already completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods in 2016, Julius had put his PhD in Peace Studies on hold to concentrate on the election campaign.

Photo credit: Olivia Acland/Reuters

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