Former Sierra Leone VP heads to court over his replacement

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Sierra Leone’s Former Vice-President, Samuel Sam-Sumana has petitioned the Supreme Court to block his replacement from carrying out his duties pending a final ruling on the legality of his dismissal.

President Ernest Bai Koroma dismissed Sam-Sumana, claiming he had abandoned his duties by requesting asylum at the U.S. Embassy in the capital Freetown.

The ruling All People’s Congress had earlier accused him of creating his own political movement and expelled the party.

Koroma later chose Victor Bockarie Foh to replace Sam-Sumana over the objections of the opposition, which said he is not eligible to hold the position.

Sam Sumana’s attorney told the judges that president Ernest had unconstitutionally removed the vice president, who was constitutionally elected and appointed another person.

 

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