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Sierra Leone vice president challenges his sacking

President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma, pictured March 3, 2015 in Brussels, began the search for a new deputy and potential successor after sacking his vice-presidentSierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma sacked his vice-president and began the search for a new deputy Wednesday but Samuel Sam-Sumana challenged the move as “unlawful” and said he would appeal to the Supreme Court. In a statement to the nation broadcast on radio overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, Koroma announced he was dismissing his vice-president, after a political crisis that threatened the stability of a country still recovering from a ruinous 1991-2002 war. “I have taken note of the decision of the APC,” Koroma said, adding that he was relieving Sam-Sumana “of the duties and from the office of vice president of Sierra Leone with immediate effect”.

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