President of Sierra Leone

President of Sierra Leone
President of the
Republic of Sierra Leone
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Presidential Flag
Ernest Bai Koroma

since September 17, 2007

State House

State Avenue, Tower Hill, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Term length Five years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Siaka Stevens
Formation 19 April 1971
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The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone is the head of state and the head of government of Sierra Leone, as well as the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. The President appoints and heads a Cabinet of ministers (including the Vice President), which must be approved by the Parliament.



The president is elected by popular vote to a maximum of two five-year terms.


To be elected president of Sierra Leone, a candidate must gain at least 55 percent of the vote. If no candidate gets the 55 percent requirement, there will be a second-round runoff between the top two candidates with the most votes in the first round. For qualification to be elected President of Sierra Leone, the person must be a Sierra Leonean citizen by birth; should have attained the age of 40 years; should be a member of a political party; and should be able to speak and read the English language. The current president of Sierra Leone is Ernest Bai Koroma. Koroma was sworn in as president on 17 September 2007, shortly after being declared the winner of a tense run-off election.[1]


The State House in the capital Freetown serves as the official residence of the president of Sierra Leone.

List of Presidents of Sierra Leone

Took Office Left Office Party
Presidents of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Christopher Okoro Cole
(1921–af. 1990)
19 April 1971 21 April 1971 Non-party
Siaka Stevens
21 April 1971 28 November 1985 All People's Congress
Joseph Saidu Momoh
28 November 1985 29 April 1992 All People's Congress
Chairmen of the National Provisional Defense Council
Yahya Kanu
30 April 1992 1 May 1992 Military
Valentine Strasser
(1967– )
1 May 1992 July 1992 Military
Chairmen of the Supreme Council of State
Valentine Strasser
(1967– )
July 1992 17 January 1996 Military
Julius Maada Bio
(1964– )
17 January 1996 29 March 1996 Military
President of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
(1932– )
29 March 1996 25 May 1997 Sierra Leone People's Party
Chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council
Johnny Paul Koroma
(1960– )
26 May 1997 12 February 1998 Military
Presidents of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
(1932– )
10 March 1998 17 September 2007 Sierra Leone People's Party
Ernest Bai Koroma
(1953– )
17 September 2007 Incumbent All People's Congress

Latest election

e • d Summary of the 11 August 2007 and 8 September President of Sierra Leone election results
Candidate Party 1st round 2nd round
Votes % Votes %
Ernest Bai Koroma All People's Congress (APC) 815,523 44.34% 950,407 54.62%
Solomon Berewa Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) 704,012 38.28% 789,651 45.38%
Charles Margai People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) 255,499 13.89%
Andrew Turay Convention People's Party (CPP) 28,610 1.56%
Amadu Jalloh National Democratic Alliance (NDA) 17,748 0.96%
Kandeh Baba Conteh Peace and Liberation Party (PLP) 10,556 0.57%
Abdul Kady Karim United National People's Party (UNPP) 7,260 0.39%
Total: (turnout 75.8%) 1,839,208 100.00% 1,740,058 100.00%
Source: National Electoral Commission (first round), National Electoral Commission (second round)

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