S.Leone leader rebuts corruption charge before vote

November 13, 2012 03:40

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma denied on Monday accusations he is soft on corruption in a last-minute defence before November 17 elections in which he is seeking a second term.

Koroma will face top opposition rival and former junta leader Julius Maada Bio in polls widely seen as a test of the resource-rich West African state's recovery a decade after a civil war.

Koroma, a former insurance broker in power since 2007, is favored to win but has drawn fire from rivals claiming he has done little to root out graft. An Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has failed to send a single person to jail under his rule.

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