President Siaka Stevens was re-elected for a second five-year term as Sierra Leone's Head of State in Freetown on Tuesday (20 April).
President Siaka Stevens was re-elected for a second five-year term as Sierra Leone's Head of State in Freetown on Tuesday (20 April). He had the unanimous support of the 92 members of the Sierra Leone parliament.
The 71-year-old veteran politician has been involved in public affairs for most of his adult life, after an academic career at the Albat Academy in Freetown and Oxford University, England.
He was co-founder of the United Mines Workers' Union and later served as its first full-time General Secretary for 15 years. Dr. Stevens served on the Moyamba District Council for seven years and was appointed to the Sierra Leone Protectorate Assembly at its inception to represent the interests of workers.
In 1960 he was a member of the United Front Delegation at constitutional talks in London, which resulted in independence for Sierra Leone. Dr. Stevens was first sworn in as President in April 1971, after three years as the country's Prime Minister.
After being sworn in for his second term President Stevens spoke about his plans for Sierra Leone for the next five years.
On foreign affairs he re-iterated his country's policy of non-alignment, but stressed Sierra Leone's continuing efforts towards African unity. He also emphasised support for the struggles of African people "still under the yoke of colonialism and neo-colonialism".
The following day (Wednesday, 21 April), President honoured some of Sierra Leone's citizens with medals and awards for their services to the country. Prime Minister Mr. C.A. Kamara-Taylor was the first to be presented with his award - he was made a Commander of the Order of the Republic of Sierra Leone.