12 August 2007

Elections and slumming it for real

The elections that were set for Saturday happened—and quite peacefully, too. Sixty percent of the entire country's population showed up to vote. And the votes are being counted in public, in front of everyone (no hanging chads here...). Results won't be available for another twelve days, and it's likely that no single presidential candidate will get the 55% needed to avoid a run-off, but it's a start, right?

Meanwhile, behold the less-beautiful parts of Freetown. This is a set of pictures off the BBC not to be missed. (Click on the picture to go to the BBC's slideshow)

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